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Everyday Faith
Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Everyday Faith column by Julianne Nornberg

"I can't do it!" my four-year-old son cries out in frustration as he suddenly scrunches up his artwork to his chest.

His masterpiece, a brightly colored partially crayoned alphabet, is now a ball of crumpled paper, mashed beyond redemption.

"It's okay," I say, trying to calm his tears. "I can help you."

Slowly I coax the ruined masterpiece from my son's angry fingers, smooth the jagged creases, place my hand over his to guide the creation of the letters he'd wanted to be just so.

"You are still learning," I tell him. "It doesn't have to be perfect."

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Why we should address Jesus as ‘thou’ Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

On the final morning of the November meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we were treated to a fine sermon by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The leader of the Church in Seattle spent a good deal of time discussing Pier Giorgio Frassati, a saint from the early 20th century to whom he and I both have a strong devotion.

But what particularly struck me in his homily was a reference to the great St. Catherine of Siena. One of the most remarkable things about that remarkable woman was the intimacy which she regularly experienced with Mary, the saints, and the Lord Jesus himself.

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Our need for the real Thomas More Print E-mail
The Catholic Difference
Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the film, A Man for All Seasons.

And if it's impossible to imagine such a picture on such a theme winning Oscars today, then let's be grateful that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got it right by giving Fred Zinnemann's splendid movie six of its awards in 1967 -- when, reputedly, Audrey Hepburn lifted her eyes to heaven before announcing with obvious pleasure that this cinematic celebration of the witness and martyrdom of Sir Thomas More had beaten The Sand Pebbles, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Alfie, and The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming for Best Picture.

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