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Links for 01/23/15

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The Holy Father's sermon this morning reminded us that God never tires of forgiving us our sins. He does more than remind us, he emphasizes how easy it is to lull ourselves into thinking that God must be tired of forgiving us, an easy and lame excuse for avoiding confession. And, the Holy Father encourages us all to go to confession, not in a mechanical way, but so that we can encounter "God, the Father of mercies." Lent is almost upon.

March (and More) for Life

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Today, pro-life activists from around the country come to Washington to march for life on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The march comes at a strange time for the politics of abortion: The debate is as potent as ever, yet it seems stuck. The opposing sides yell at each other but do not listen to each other and, similarly, on both sides, it is the most extreme voices that carry the day and, consequently, prevent anything like progress.

Links for 01/21/14

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Go here to see photos of the veterans of the Battle of the Bulge commemorating their unspeakably heroic efforts, 70 years on. In the first photo, the very beautiful and glamorous lady on the right, in red, is my old and dear friend, Helen Patton, granddaughter of General Patton whose Third Army came to the rescue of Bastogne. Helen's devotion to veterans has marked her life and bettered us all. 

Obama's SOTU

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President Obama’s State of the Union speech left me scratching my head. It was a far better speech than we have heard him give in a long, long time. Listening to it, I fancied somewhere in DC, there was a bar with a group of former Democratic senators and members of Congress wondering where this guy was during September and October?

Links for 1/20/15

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Want an example of a "self-referential Church"? Fr. Zuhlsdorf and his readers are offended by the way Holy Communion was distributed at the Pope's Mass in Manila. It is to weep.

Want an example of a Church that is not self-referential? Check out this story on religious women who serve the Chaldean community in Chicago at NCR's Global Sisters report. A study in perseverance and deep, abiding faith. 

Remembering Rev. King

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Yesterday, the nation stopped to remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Alas, in the manner of contemporary holiday-making, there was less remembering than I would have liked, but the same could be said for Memorial Day and Labor Day too. At least in January, we did not have to have a barbeque to mark the day.

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