A hallmark of the modern age is an obsession with individual rights. It seems that every other day somebody is demanding his or her rights. Some people even demand rights that are not even written down anywhere or recognized by any legislature or court. Self-interest reigns supreme.
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The Second Reading for the March 10 Mass is 2 Corinthians 5.17-21. St. Paul says that whoever is in Christ is a new creation and that everything old has passed away. Paul says the way of salvation comes from God to reconcile a sinful humanity to himself.
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family has asked me to speak to a seminar it is sponsoring in Ottawa next month. The topic I am to address is "I am more than my handicap." That is true.
In previous columns, I have referred to the loneliness of disability. I suppose many readers would think loneliness is not unique to people with severe disabilities, and they are right.
January 2013 marked a horrible anniversary: It has been 40 years of unrestricted abortion across the United States under the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling.
It was one of the last emails I received in 2012. A 30-year-old stranger somewhere in the United States wrote to explain his situation.
What does the coming of Christ mean to you? The reality of his presence means different things to different people. The wise men travelled a great distance with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to adore the newborn king. Why? A new star appeared in the sky.
I was listening to a young woman on the radio. She talked about her childhood memory of receiving a Christmas shoebox. It was filled with toiletries, things for school and a small gift. She said the shoebox brought such joy to her. She has never forgotten that Christmas.
The theme for Mass on Nov. 25, the feast of Christ the King, may seem more suited to the weeks leading to Easter than the weeks leading to Christmas. To me, it is entirely consistent with the reason behind Advent.
My last column in the WCR appeared Sept. 24 just prior to surgery I had for cancer. I want to express gratitude for the many kind words and prayers people extended to me. I am happy to report the surgery went well and I am on the mend.