Archive for December, 2017

The Gift of Abundant Life

In one of the comic episodes from Don Quixote, the peasant and goatherd Sancho Panza unbelievably becomes the governor of an island much to the amazement of his wife who can only exclaim,” ’My mother used to say: ’He who would see much must live long’. I say this because, if I live longer, I hope to see more.’ ”

I have been thinking about this proverb recently for several reasons....

Preparing to Receive the Word Made Flesh

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. These words from the Gospel of John are familiar to most of us and we will hear them at Mass on Christmas morning. It could be easy to take them for granted, but in fact this is the very mystery of the Incarnation, and something we should rightly contemplate during this Advent season.

What does it mean for us today that the Word became...

What if Dismemberment Abortion Bans are Ruled Unconstitutional? Another Pro-Life Strategy

Just recently, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban of Texas was struck down by the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. The decision was immediately appealed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where it awaits a hearing. Many other states have also faced similar challenges to their Dismemberment Abortion Bans as well. These challenges, of course, will likely lead to the US Supreme Court...

“The good Lord willing, I’m doing just fine!”

I met him about four years ago. He told me his name was “Marlin, just like the fish!” He was going through the dumpster in the apartment complex where I live. He did this to give himself some extra money. In Oregon we have the “Oregon Bottle Bill.” This is a container deposit law that requires cans, bottles and other containers of carbonated soft drinks, beer and water sold, to be returnable with a refund value. Essentially each can and bottle...