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  • Poem: "Empty"
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    Poem: “Empty”

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    Empty You eat from my table, And leave me nothing. Then you lay upon my form This weighty cauldron, Dank and empty. It presses mightily, Withholding air that gives rhyme and reason to life Destroying my frame. I show you the door But you raise your brow and smirk Then folding your arms, you lean […]

  • Poem: "Beaded Waves"
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    Poem: “Beaded Waves”

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    Beaded Waves The sand waits for the waves to come home. But they cannot stay. The horizon calls them back to the edge of the world closest to heaven but first they must do the work God asks and exchange brine for the healing balm they carry in each beaded roll. Philip C. Kolin

  • The Pivotal Point of Christianity
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    The Pivotal Point of Christianity

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    Have you ever been so heartbroken and your hopes so shattered that you could scarcely consider what your future holds or whether you even had a future? That is what it must have been like for the disciples the day after Jesus was crucified. They had placed their faith in him and dared to hope […]

  • California’s Assisted Suicide Law: Are Some Lives Not Worth Living, or are All Lives Precious?
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    California’s Assisted Suicide Law: Are Some Lives Not Worth Living, or are All Lives Precious?

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    At what point can we say that a life no longer matters? Is it at the point when medical expenses become too costly or burdensome for relatives? Is it at the point when someone feels they have outlived their usefulness, or are just not able to do the things they love to do anymore? For […]

  • Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains
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    Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains

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    By Mark Riedemann TELSKUF, IRAQ (July 5, 2016)—It is the silence that you notice first. Not just a lack of noise but an absence of sounds. Even the birds have left. I am in Telskuf, Iraq, about 20 miles north of the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Mosul and a mile and-a-half from the front […]

  • Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?
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    Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

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    Some 22 years ago when I was being catechized, preparing to enter into the Church, I was much troubled by the Eucharistic phenomenon, transubstantiation. As a physicist, I could not understand how the wafer could become the flesh of Christ and the wine His Sacred Blood. The wise old priest who was instructing me asked: […]