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Cremains and respect for the human body Print E-mail
Making Sense of Bioethics
Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

In the famous story of David and Goliath, Goliath boasts to the young David that after he kills him, he will give his flesh "to the birds of the sky and beasts of the field." He conveys his profound disdain for David by speaking this way, deprecating even his corpse.

This offends our sensibility that dead bodies should not be desecrated, but should instead be respectfully buried. Proper disposition and care of another's body also manifests our Christian faith in the resurrection of that body on the Last Day.

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How strange is the cross Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past 10 years.

Both an academic and a well-regarded preacher in the Episcopal tradition, Rutledge has an extraordinary knack of cutting to the heart of the matter. Her book on the central reality of the Christian faith is supremely illuminating, a delight for the inquiring mind -- and man, will it ever preach.

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Keeping elders socially connected is a Work of Mercy Print E-mail
Guest column
Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Guest Column

During a recent family reunion, my elderly mother and I were the only ones at the table without smartphones. We felt left out.

A few days later I read that Pope Francis advised parents to ban mobile devices from the dinner table to help restore the quality of family relationships.

These two occurrences reminded me of the life of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan.

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