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Justice in medical treatment for people with disabilities Print E-mail
Respect Life
Thursday, May. 28, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

Justice can be an elusive concept, changing from century to century. What was accepted in one era, like slavery, can be unthinkable in another.

The biblical test of a just society was based on how people treated the widow, the orphan, and the stranger. These people were the underdogs of society, having no immediate family to protect them.

Who are the underdogs in our era? Who are the people most deserving of protection?

One group is clearly people with disabilities. They frequently have less education, less opportunity for fruitful jobs, and they face a society that is ambivalent about them.

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"Grand Mom" writes her last column Print E-mail
Grand Mom
Written by Audrey Fixmer   
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends, Yes, after 23 years of writing my “Grand Mom” column and getting so much feedback from my readers (emails, hand-written letters, conversations in grocery stores or churches), I feel deeply that I have developed friendships with you. I say that because it is with a touch of sadness that I tell you this is my final column.

A few weeks ago I learned that my lung cancer had crept into my bones and is likely to take my life within six months. That’s the bad news.

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Pope gives Lenten message Print E-mail
National-World News
Written by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Fr. Tait Schroeder, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Ashton, places ashes upon the forehead of a girl during Ash Wednesday Mass last year at St. Peter Church. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without making room for God’s word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said.

“Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect, and love,” the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins March 1 for Latin-rite Catholics.

“The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable,” he wrote.

‘Gifts’ for Lent

Released by the Vatican February 7, the text of the pope’s Lenten message — titled “The Word is a gift. Other persons are gift” — focused on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:19-31).

The parable calls for sincere conversion, the pope said, and it “provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life.”

In the Gospel account, Lazarus and his suffering are described in great detail. While he is “practically invisible to the rich man,” the Gospel gives him a name and a face, upholding him as worthy, as “a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast,” the pope wrote.

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Surge in voter turnout needs to continue Print E-mail
Eye on the Capitol
Written by Kim Wadas, Wisconsin Catholic Conference   
Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

On Independence Day, I saw many in the Badger State wearing red, white, and blue. Like some of you, I "liked" statements on social media asserting national pride and joined in singing patriotic songs at Mass.

These celebrations affirm our democracy and recognize those who have protected our founding freedoms.

Importance of elections

However after reviewing past election results, I was reminded that everyone enjoys the celebration, but many people don't like the planning. Elections are how we as citizens plan our government.

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Father Mazzuchelli’s example can help us live a fruitful Lent Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Written by Fr. Donald Lange   
Thursday, Mar. 02, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

We begin Lent on March 1 by receiving a cross of ashes on our forehead. The ashes remind us that we are dust and unto dust we shall return.

Receiving the ashes also reminds us that while we are still alive, we are to repent and believe the Good News so that at Easter we can renew our Baptismal promises with deepened faith.

Venerable Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli died on February 23, 1864, during Lent. Thanks especially to the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, we know much about Father Samuel, who reflects many of Pope Francis' virtues. Both can inspire us to live Lent in a Christ-like way that helps us continue our journey to heaven.

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