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Prayer: It’s the FIRST thing we should do Print E-mail
Editorial
Written by By Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM



Sometimes when we are facing problems and challenges in our lives, we try many alternatives to fix the problem or meet the challenge. When all our alternatives are seemingly exhausted, we finally turn to prayer.

We say to ourselves, “Well, I guess all I can do now is pray about it.” In effect, it’s our last resort.

Experiencing many tragedies

Recently our world has been experiencing many tragedies: conflicts between the Israelis and Palestinians, shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in the Ukraine, Christians fleeing the city of Mosul in Iraq for fear of being killed by the Islamic State group . . . the list goes on.

In addition, many people have been killed and injured in weather-related disasters. People have been murdered in drive-by shootings and gang warfare in our own country.

What can we do in the midst of all these awful things happening around us? Pope Francis keeps reminding us to pray in the face of each disaster. But are we really listening to him and turning to prayer?

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Honor our Jewish roots Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

As we honored Saints Peter and Paul recently, it dawned on me that our entire earliest Church was Jewish. God chose Mary, a Jewish woman, to bring Jesus, a Jewish man/God, into the world. Jesus and Mary were not Irish, German, or Swiss.

If God so honored the Jewish race, we should at least talk about and honor our Jewish roots and how important they are to our Christianity. We are all God’s children.

Michael Murphy, Madison

 
Pope shows how Church must protect children Print E-mail
Editorial
Written by By Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Many years ago, I received a phone call from someone who complained that a priest had been removed from her parish because of an allegation of sexual abuse of a child. (We have had very few such cases in our diocese, thanks be to God and the vigilance of our bishops and diocesan leaders.)

The caller said to me, “He was such a wonderful priest. I can’t imagine that he would harm a child.”

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