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Dying to live, and living to die: Brittany Maynard and Lauren Hill

John Stegeman

I’m not dying.

I don’t know what it is like to hear a doctor tell you that you have a finite number of tomorrows, and he has an estimate for just how many. The phrase, “There’s nothing we can do” has not been uttered to me or a member of my immediate family in a consultation room by a doctor with the unfortunate task of saying so.

I say all that to admit upfront that I can only hypothesize the fear, despair, stress or other emotions that accompany such diagnoses.  Continue reading

 
I Have Called You by Name: It’s important to God

Have you ever had a nickname? I have a son who is known by most of his friends as Donut. There are folks who couldn’t tell you his given name.

Nicknames are expressions of endearment. Princess, Sparky, and Red tell us about unique qualities and relationships. In a way, when a person is given a nickname, it’s an honor. It says that there is more to us than meets the eye. We have something very unique that sets us apart. In a world of Social Security numbers and PINs, our nicknames give us identity and single us out as gifted and loved. Continue reading

 
What Keeps Me Catholic? The Sacred Heart of Jesus

For the past two years I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to go on a mission trip to Vanceburg, Kentucky through the Glenmary Home Missioners. With the Ohio River on one side and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the other, it is a place of striking natural beauty. Unfortunately, significant poverty scars the landscape.  Continue reading

 
Never forget 9/11: An editorial from the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Catholic newspaper

The "Tribute in Light" is illuminated next to the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center on the eve of the 12th anniversary (2013) of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. (CNS photo/Gary Hershorn, Reuters)

The following is an unsigned editorial titled “Never forget!” from the Sept. 11 issue of The Tablet, newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.

 

There are days that will be remembered, detail for detail, in our minds. And for many of us, Sept. 11, 2001, is undoubtedly one of those days. We, as a nation and as a world, saw the worst in humanity. We witnessed bloodthirsty men, corrupted by hatred, fueled with one desire — death, chaos and destruction.

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Don’t let your work squeeze out the important things

Jeanne HuntJust about any white-collar worker under the age of 40 will confess that he or she works at least sixty hours a week, goes to work early, leaves work late, and brings work home. What has happened to us? Why has the culture replaced all other values with a need to compete in a rat race that cripples our private lives? Continue reading

 
Q&A: Judgment at life’s end is not something to fear

Dear Father: I have been staring at a poster of the Last Judgment from the Sistine Chapel. I began to think about the judgment on my soul, but then I got a little confused. Will I be judged immediately when I die or only at the end of time? Continue reading

 
What does the church teach about using technology?

Father Earl FernandesDear Father: Am I crazy? I mean, my friends think I’m crazy because I won’t let my kids have a phone or an iPad. I want them to run around and play and not look at a screen all the time. People look at me as if I’m crazy. What does the church teach about technology use? Continue reading

 
What Keeps Me Catholic?—Food and Meals

It happens once a month—Welcome Sunday.

With three independent-minded kids, when told to get ready for Mass, I am surprised that there are no, well, fewer complaints. Likewise, leaving home they all have smiling, well, no frowning faces. The purpose of the Mass is that afterwards, in the school cafeteria, people will gather there for a social. New faces can meet current ones; current ones can converse with the ones who seem to have been there their whole lives. life timers. The only words that my kids hear though are FREE DONUTS. Continue reading

 
Lay Perspective: Life is the unexpected, but we can prepare to face it

The night before The Lord’s passion, the disciples were seemingly (if you can infer this from the bible) having  a nice evening. Though Jesus had warned them of his passion and resurrection, they didn’t quite understand what was about to occur. Continue reading

 
Guest Column: A lesson in Catholic identity

By David Scharfenberger
For The Catholic Telegraph 

If you ever wondered about the positive effects of a Catholic education, you can look to the eighth graders at St. Michael School in Sharonville. During this last year, they read and learned first hand about immigrants and immigration and why we as Catholics see immigrants as our sisters and brothers. Continue reading