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Advent and the many faces of anticipation Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

This article is the first of two parts from Bishop Robert Barron.

Advent is the liturgical season of vigilance or, to put it more mundanely, of waiting. During the four weeks prior to Christmas, we light the candles of our Advent wreaths and put ourselves in the spiritual space of the Israelite people who, through many long centuries, waited for the coming of the Messiah ("How long, O Lord?").

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Assisted suicide: destroying my freedom in the name of freedom? Print E-mail
Making Sense of Bioethics
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

In an August 2015 column in The Washington Post, George F. Will argued in favor of physician-assisted suicide, summing up his perspective this way: “There is nobility in . . . affirming at the end the distinctive human dignity of autonomous choice.”

His conclusion, however, raises several important questions: Shouldn’t death-dealing actions directed against ourselves be seen as a deep repudiation of our autonomy, insofar as suicide eliminates our personal freedom once and for all?

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Waiting for Jesus, waiting for justice: March for Life, Chicago, January 14, 2018 Print E-mail
Guest column
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
Susanna Herro

Why would you take a day to learn about life issues and stand in Chicago's Federal Plaza listening to speakers like Pat McCaskey, co-owner of the Chicago Bears? What can he tell you about valuing life? Do you feel you have heard the pro-life message and not much more can be said?

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