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How to solve the bullying problem Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Written by Fr. Robert Barron   
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

It is very difficult indeed to watch the documentary Bully without experiencing both an intense sadness and a feeling of helplessness.

The film opens with the heartbreaking ruminations of a father whose son committed suicide after being brutally bullied by his classmates.

We hear similar stories throughout the film, and we also watch and listen as kids are pestered, belittled, mocked, and in some cases, physically assaulted, just because they are different.

The greatest gift of Christmas Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Written by Fr. Donald Lange   
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Every time a baby is born, there is new hope for the human race. I learned this as a high school sophomore when my baby brother was born.

What a miracle of grace! As I studied his perfectly formed hands and feet, I was filled with awe and hope. I wondered who he would grow up to be.

I hoped that he would be bigger, stronger, more athletic, and more intelligent than I was. My sister hoped that he would grow up to be a gentleman.

A Christmas gift for suffering South Sudan Print E-mail
Making a Difference
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

The world's newest nation is in big trouble. After more than 20 years of civil war between the southern and northern areas of Sudan, the southern part of that country on July 9, 2011, became the independent nation of the Republic of South Sudan.

But the situation on the ground soon looked like South Sudan had not been born, but instead was still suffering intense labor pains.

The many years of war brought not only much death but also drained South Sudan of valuable resources, leaving it an extremely poor nation.