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Protecting an authentic democracy Print
Making Sense of Bioethics

Those of us who have grown up within the womb of a democratic society may not always recognize how radical the idea behind such a society actually is, nor how fragile its structure can be in the face of strident claims regarding individual freedoms.

Legalization of abortion, to focus on one of the most strident claims, corrodes the very pillars of our democratic society.

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God’s gift of laughter Print
Everyday Faith

Everyday Faith column by Julianne Nornberg

Our Lord loves laughter. I know firsthand because He gave me my husband and my children, who bless me with the gift of laughter every day.

For example, they love to tease me good naturedly about my obsessive-compulsive tendencies regarding germs.

Since my children were babies, I've always been fastidious about everyone having clean hands.

So, when my husband was boarding an airplane for a work-related trip, I texted him to ask if he remembered to sanitize his hands after getting settled in his seat.

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Healed by the relics of saints Print
Guest column
Linda Schoenmann

In the spring of 2018, I was pretty sure I had breast cancer based on many signs God gave me while going through medical tests. But I also noticed God surrounded me with breast cancer survivors, so I felt I would be OK. I trusted God had a plan to bring good out of this situation.

I offered up my suffering for the conversion of sinners; for our bishop, priests, seminarians, and vocations; and for Valley of Our Lady Monastery, a community of Cistercian nuns who need a new facility. I turned to these beautiful brides of Christ knowing I could count on their pure prayers, which are amplified by the intercession of Our Lady and over 100 saints whose relics are entrusted to them!

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