Father Kevin Laughery

Abraham Lincoln is noted for having never officially joined a Christian church. First Presbyterian Church in Springfield is known as "Lincoln's Church," and the family had a pew there, but Lincoln himself steered clear of official affiliation with a church.

It has been reported that Jerzy Kluger died in Rome on Dec. 31 at the age of 90. We are aware of Jerzy Kluger because he was the childhood friend of one Karol Wojtyla, who is better known as Pope John Paul II, supreme pontiff from 1978 to 2005 and recently beatified.

Sunday, 18 December 2011 15:44

Refining the fine art of dialogue

In the Argentinian comic strip Mafalda which ran in the 1960s and 1970s, the title character, a little girl, is in one strip sitting with her friend Susanita, who is talking incessantly. Word balloons are crammed with tiny illegible words which represent her nattering. Disgusted, Mafalda at last walks away. Susanita shouts after her: "You're not open to monologue!"

As Pope Benedict has announced a Year of Faith to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, we are reading a great deal of commentary which includes casual use of the word hermeneutic. Neither Herman Cain nor Herman Munster, hermeneutic is a Greek-derived word essentially meaning "a method of interpretation." The word arises as we face the question of how to interpret the significance of the council as we carry on our lives as church.

I thoroughly enjoy my interactions with non-Catholic Christians. No one's personal discovery of the reality of Jesus Christ is a trivial thing. We have much to learn when we open ourselves to any Christian's own account of how Jesus became real for him or her. We, in our own turn, have much to share.

Whenever a Christian seeks to discuss matters of ultimate meaning with a non-Christian, the Christian must do a good deal of necessary preparatory work — and I am not talking about learning about the other's beliefs, though that is necessary too.

When we as Catholics seek to explore the “big small world” of numerous religious affiliations, we need to distinguish between our ecumenical explorations and our participation in interreligious activity.

It’s all about truth.

You and I come into this world hungry for significance and meaning — or, more pithily, truth. From our mothers’ arms, we are looking for an understanding of life in which we are fully alive and our life means something. The love of parents gives us the stability we need to keep seeking the source of all meaning, love, and truth.

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