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Picturing Jesus: Our ‘Buddy,’ or joyful savior?

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Gina ChristianAttempts to lighten up the image of Our Lord in art have often gone awry, notes Gina Christian, because they miss the necessary idea that Jesus suffered death so as share eternal life — and laughter — to everyone.

Get to know people in poverty and how to ease its sting

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Matthew GambinoIn addressing human suffering, Pope Francis asked “What will you do?” last fall in Philadelphia, recalls CatholicPhilly.com editor Matthew Gambino. He’s encouraged by a new local parish initiative on poverty.

Respect the uniqueness of unborn persons, like the snowflakes of a blizzard

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Father William Byron, S.J.As Jesuit Father William Byron was one of the 85 million Americans experiencing last week’s snowstorm, he thought about the more than 50 million lives lost to abortion in the U.S.

Why does the church back resettling Mid-East Muslims in the U.S.?

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleNormally Father Ken Doyle won’t respond to letters expressing blatant anti-Muslim bias, but since other people might share such views, he confronts the topic head on.

‘You shall not oppress an alien’ — in any era

Posted on January 26th, 2016

John GarveyJohn Garvey traces Donald Trump’s attacks on Ted Cruz back to the 18th-century John Adams administration. Adams, who regretted his anti-immigration laws, lost to Thomas Jefferson.

Don’t give fear the upper hand, get to know a Muslim neighbor

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Carolyn WooIf we get to know Muslims better, writes Carolyn Woo, we can begin to fight the scourge of extremism. Through love, we can banish a fear that robs our nation of compassion and diminishes us.

Resolutions that extend beyond the new year

Posted on January 19th, 2016

Effie Caldarola Resolutions that seemed like a good idea at the time often end on Jan. 31. Effie Caldarola suggests we don’t judge ourselves harshly this year, but to return to God’s lavish mercy again and again.

And the Oscar for best homily goes to …

Posted on January 15th, 2016

Father William Byron, S.J.Jesuit Father William Byron suggests dioceses give annual awards for best preaching, best participating congregation and best liturgical music in order to improve liturgies in all parishes.

Stepping aside can be a loving gesture to those who are sick

Posted on January 12th, 2016

Maureen PrattKnowing that caregivers of very ill people can become overwhelmed by a constant stream of questions and requests for updates from friends, Maureen Pratt suggests ways to show support without adding to a family’s stress.

A difference of 18 human lives, and many more

Posted on January 11th, 2016

hill cropIn 2014 there were 32,126 abortions in Pa., 18 fewer than the previous year, reports Amy Hill. People may shrug their shoulders, but they are falling into the indifference that Pope Francis warns against.

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