Issue 9916-8/1/19

By: Bishop Richard Pates, Des Moines, Iowa
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

The heart of anyone with human sympathy sank with the deplorable sight of 23-month-old Angie Valeria and her father, Oscar Martinez Ramirez, as their bodies lay lifeless on the banks of the Rio Grande. Seeking a better life from the cruel existence of El Salvador, they fell victim yes to the waters of a rushing river but even more so to human indifference.

 

By: Staff
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By: Rachel Balducci
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I’m writing this column in the middle of a trial. I don’t like writing through things like this, I prefer to be on the other side before I try and articulate feelings and emotions. But here I am, on deadline, and in the middle of something difficult and scary.

 

By: Staff
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By: Jason Halcombe
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My Uncle Steve once gave my dad a coffee cup inscribed with Murphy’s Law...upside down. To a young boy, it took me a minute to understand why putting “If anything can go wrong, it will” upside down on a mug was funny but it obviously left an indelible mark.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

This morning I listened to a fascinating story on the radio about the inner workings of the mind. The scientist interviewed described a recent study he conducted that yielded shocking results: people who make concrete, irrevocable choices are happier than those who prefer leaving their options open and fail to choose definitively one thing over another. The scientist was so surprised with the findings of his research that he went home and proposed to his girlfriend with whom he had lived for ten years. He now joyfully states that he is happier than before, and loves her more than ever.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

In an adult faith formation group, we were recently discussing the nature of Christian love. How can we love people we don’t know? How can we love our enemies? How can we love people who have harmed us?

 

The conversation was sparked by this passage from the Gospel of John (9-13):

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

The United States Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs announced the following on July 25, 2019: “Attorney General William P.

By: Staff
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By: Padre Pablo Migone
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Esta mañana escuché en la radio un fascinante reportaje sobre el funcionamiento de la mente humana. El científico que fue entrevistado describió un reciente estudio que realizó el cual produjo resultados sorprendentes: las personas que toman decisiones concretas e irrevocables son más felices que aquellas que prefieren mantener varias opciones abiertas sin elegir definitivamente una cosa sobre otra. El científico quedó tan impresionado con los resultados de su investigación que inmediatamente le propuso matrimonio a su novia con quien había cohabitado por diez años.

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