Conservative? Liberal? No: Catholic
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Conservative? Liberal? No: Catholic

My father-in-law has been asked if he’s conservative — or liberal. His answer: “I’m Catholic.” I’d give the same answer.

Life, Death, and Choices
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Life, Death, and Choices

Last week’s Gospel reading, Matthew 2:1–12, ends with a sort of cliffhanger. “Magi from the east” arrived in Bethlehem,

Urban Evolution and Big Brains
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Urban Evolution and Big Brains

Life, and evolution, has been happening for quite a while. Cities are new, but the same processes happen there; with

Blessing the House
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Blessing the House

I ‘blessed the house’ today, sprinkling holy water in each room. It isn’t the formal blessing of the home and

Sin, Awareness, Repentance
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Sin, Awareness, Repentance

Today’s reading from the Gospels, Matthew 3:1–12, doesn’t seem particularly Christmassy. Not in the ‘presents wrapped under the tree’ sense.

Advent and Being Prepared
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Advent and Being Prepared

Today’s the start of this year’s Advent cycle, leading up to another Christmas. With my culture’s annual focus on flying

Olive Threat, Ginkgo Genome
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Olive Threat, Ginkgo Genome

Something’s killing Europe’s olive trees: a bacterium that’s probably spread by insects. Scientists don’t know how to stop the disease,

Mercy: Still Practicing
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Mercy: Still Practicing

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy ends today. Some Catholics celebrated the year’s start in Rome. I didn’t. Like most

Satan Didn’t Make Me Do It
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Satan Didn’t Make Me Do It

Depending on who you listen to, Satan prowls Earth’s surface, lives in the White House, lurks in Hell, or

Remembering Armistice Day
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Remembering Armistice Day

Today is Armistice Day. Over the decades it’s been called Poppy or Remembrance Day, and now Americans call it