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Blessed are the peacemakers

Posted on April 18th, 2014

On Good Friday, we recall the violation, mutilation and crucifixion inflicted on Christ. Sadly, such acts continue today. Carolyn Woo, head of Catholic Relief Services, knows Christ promised peace, but we’re called to do our part.

Healing the moral wounds of our warriors

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Once a soldier can kill another person and feel nothing, he wonders, “What is morally right anymore?” An editorial urges national leaders to seriously examine the act of war itself and remember its long-term effects. For combat soldiers, the church offers healing.

The battle we’re not winning

Posted on April 11th, 2014

While taking a walk and praying the rosary, columnist Moises Sandoval noticed Jehovah’s Witnesses going door to door. He believes Catholics are being outhustled in the streets. The difficult work of home visiting does not seem to be our thing.

Violence must be tolerated, not celebrated

Posted on April 11th, 2014

Police and the military deserve respect, even admiration, writes columnist Steve Kent. But when admiration extends to glorification, it is time to take a step back.

St. Elizabeth’s service day a blessing for those served, and those serving

A 14-member team of St. Elizabeth Parish in Upper Uwchlan spruced up Bridge Academy and Community Center (BACC) in Coatesville on April 5, part of the parish's fourth annual Stewardship Day of Service. Posted on April 10th, 2014

Three hundred members of the parish fanned out across Chester County last weekend in various community service projects. One included parishioner Jean Reamer’s team of 14 who spruced up a Coatesville community center.

Caring for elderly parents strains a marriage, but tasks can be managed

Posted on April 9th, 2014

A couple with children finds it isn’t easy to care also for aging parents, but they can be supported if the whole family works together with love and understanding, write columnists Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain.

Our need for a little more mercy

Posted on April 9th, 2014

Mercy isn’t a popular word today. Revenge pervades our politics, our entertainment and our own lives. A guest writer suggests two ways we can make our actions of mercy speak to the rest of society, witnessing to the compassion that our world so desperately needs.

Does modesty matter?

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

In a society that increasingly has no boundaries between dignity and base instinct, people of faith need to act and appear with respect for self and others, writes columnist Maureen Pratt. That’s a challenge that will probably increase.

If fewer days are ahead than behind, look ahead with faith

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Once we were young, healthy, with lives ahead of us, writes columnist Effie Caldarola, who now in the later third of life sees the death of friends. The now limited horizon has beauty in its temporality, each day more precious. There aren’t any to squander.

An attitude of gratitude

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

The second eucharistic prayer of the Mass says it is “right and just … always and everywhere” to give God thanks. And why not live in a state of thankfulness, writes Jesuit Father William Byron?

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