" I need to grasp that your appearance or social status, whether online or offline, does not tell me who you are and what you are worth.  "...

"St. Ignatius tells us that on our part “we ought not to seek health, rather than sickness, wealth rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor….” Within the context of our western culture he could have added “being fat rather than being trim”."...

"How do we bring hope to despairing people? I’m sure that the experts can offer all kinds of advice for helping hopeless people. I’m not such an expert, but I suspect that among the first helps is friendship."""...

" Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading [me], and accept the anxiety of feeling [myself] in suspense and incomplete."...

When "The End of an Era" was posted on June 6, three paragraphs were accidentally left out. We apologize and ask that you re-read the complete post today...

""There is a documentary being shown in theatres that is called: POPE FRANCIS; A MAN OF HIS WORD. It is truly a wake-up call for the world."...

An English Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889) was not widely known as a poet until after he died; his collected poems were first published in 1918 at the instigation of his friend Robert Bridges, who was at the time the Poet Laureate of England. Hopkins was both an observant lover of natural beauty and a deeply faithful man who suffered from depression, themes that reoccur in many of his poems. As a poet, he was also an experimenter, relying on alliteration, innovative meter, and created words, as well as on traditional forms such as the sonnet....

"On Wednesday, September 6, somewhere around 8:00 in the morning, my father got out of bed, put out the garbage, took out some squid for supper, went out to his shed, took two pieces of old scrap rope he had tied together and took his own life. I am a survivor of suicide."...

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