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Pope Francis' brief June 20 statement (WCR, July 21) in opposition to the legalization of marijuana is a needed intervention on a topic on which the Church has had little to say. The Church has been outspoken on the international drug trade, but less so on whether it would be appropriate to legalize "recreational drugs."
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Do you want that to be your legacy? A look of shock and confusion crossed my friend's face. She had just told me of how long she had been at her job. Decades. I asked her how much longer she planned to be there. She said she did not know, that it depended on the machinations of the company.
Of all the columns I have written over the years, a few seem to have had special resonance, though perhaps none more so that my column about typographical errors.Readers may remember that I began by admitting my own most embarrassing moment when I wrote to my then faculty with the salutation, "Good morning Dead Colleagues," instead of "Dear Colleagues.".
In September, Christians can help change the climate in Canadian environmental policy - as well as the climate in our faith communities. In response to the global climate crisis, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state along with business, finance, and civil society leaders to a climate summit Sept. 23 in New York.
There are few more insightful studies into the spirituality of aging than the late James Hillman's book, The Force of Character. Ironically, Hillman was more critical of Christian spirituality than sympathetic to it; yet his brilliant insights into nature's design and intent offer perspectives on the spirituality of aging that often eclipse what is found in explicitly Christian writings.
I keep a copy of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis beside my Bible on my night table. I read the Bible to begin my days and excerpts of The Imitation of Christ to conclude many of my days. If I were to be exiled to a remote island, they are the two books I would take.
"Keep in touch" are words we often hear friends say to one another. Don't we need to keep in touch with God? Wouldn't it be good to recover some of our old devotions which enabled us to be aware of God in our busy lives?
This Sunday's Gospel contains Matthew's account of one of Peter's famous stumbles. Jesus had revealed the great events that lay before him, that it was soon time for him to go up to Jerusalem and undergo his suffering, death and resurrection. Peter is scandalized by those words and says to Jesus, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you."
We all know the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words." What we often forget, or choose not to notice, is that this aphorism explicitly tells us that sometimes it's necessary to use words, and the appropriate time for them is usually when it's most uncomfortable to speak.
Young scholars are often told they must choose a path between science and religion. In centuries past, when learning in the Western world was isolated in religious institutions, this would have been unnecessary. Many ground-breaking scientists were either also religious leaders or deeply religious themselves.