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A gift to the pope

Each year on May 18, I bake a special Polish cake to celebrate the birthday of Karol Wojtyla. St. John Paul II was canonized by Pope Francis three years ago. It was 12 years ago that I got this crazy idea to send Pope John Paul II a birthday gift.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
Raise your voice
In light of Catholic teaching, Trump’s plan is theft of a different sort — it takes from the world’s most vulnerable, the poor and future generations. And it relies on strategies bereft of facts.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
From the Archives
That their profession is utterly dishonest and only a mask for anti-Catholic prejudices is seen from the fact that the bill still allows state aid to all private institutions except those conducted under church control. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Facing the challenges of our own age
As a nation, our communities are stronger and more vibrant when we embrace and honor a robust pluralism. It's not about conservative or liberal, moderate or independent; it's not whether you worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, shrine or none of the above.
Monday, February 20, 2017
The story of when the world nearly lost Valentine's Day
“How about if you have a play-off game?  With the Portland Trail Blazers.  They’re in town.  What about whoever wins the game wins the arrow too?”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Such kindness
I was in a small wooden church when I saw one of those small not small at all things that seem to me very often to be the very essence of what we mean by words like holy and tender and miracle and hope.
Monday, February 6, 2017
From the Archives
After graduation in 1904, Judge Lonergan came to Portland to teach history and economics and to coach at Columbia University, which later became the University of Portland.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Veers from our values
In December, Archbishop Alexander Sample spoke to Oregon’s Hispanic Catholics during the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “It does not matter to me from where you have come, when you came, or whether you have the proper documents or not. You are loved!”
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Mercy became personal for me
I walked through that Door of Mercy. How can Mercy change my life? Little did I know, mercy was changing me.  I went to hear Father Theodore Lange of Mount Angel Seminary give a talk on the effects of mercy. I learned that mercy forgives, heals, restores and then elevates me to new life.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
The Quotidian Miracle
The Eucharist is bigger than we are. Do you see what I mean? It’s bigger than understanding.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
A smart combination at Vatican
Combining these three concerns into one dicastery is perfectly in line with the focus and priorities of the papacy of Pope Francis, as well as those of his immediate predecessors, St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Friday, September 2, 2016
Replace fear
Many times, Christians have lifted up the cry of the poor and become their brothers' keepers.  
Thursday, September 1, 2016
A good patron for Oregon

St. Teresa of Kolkata woke us up to the duty and beauty of radical love. For a lot of reasons, she’d be a fine patron for Oregon.


Monday, August 29, 2016
A note on the Beatitudes
Blessed are those who get it that religions work best as verbs, not nouns.
Friday, August 26, 2016
From the Archives
Four Sisters of St. Mary of Ore­gon left yesterday for a jungle outpost on the Amazon river in Peru, to be their order’s first for­eign missionary workers.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Encountering God's Presence at World Youth Day
“Well, we played mafia a lot.” I responded, when my parents asked me what I did on World Youth Day.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
A pilgrimage of mercy
This is what we are all called to do, not just during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, but for the rest of our lives afterward.  Our time in Krakow helped me understand that, and I pray that I can continue Pope Francis’ call to battle with every step I take.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Worth handing on
The July 15 Sentinel deserves to be shared with family, friends and strangers.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
A letter to my children as they prepare to go back to school
And when you need help, we’re here, ever as always, to lend a helping hand and a chocolate chip cookie or two for good measure, unless Dad or I eat them all before you get home.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Facing Hiroshima
The horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the morality of our actions there, are appropriate topics in any discussion of nuclear proliferation -- as are plans by the U.S. military to spend up to $1 trillion in the next three decades "modernizing" its nuclear arsenal.
Sunday, August 14, 2016


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