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Why God Is Sending Christians Straight to Hell
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

So much of Christianity has become about avoiding hell. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a hospital chaplain, it’s that God is sending Christians straight to hell. So muc ...

All Saints’ Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

The Beatitudes reject a selfish “America-first” response to Ebola. Instead, these blessings call us to extend our resources and join in the work God is already doing in West Africa. ...

Ebola Prompts Hands-Off Mass in Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The Blood of Christ will not be offered during Mass. The Host will be placed in the hands, not on the tongue. And the faithful should not hold hands while reciting the “Our Father.” ...

Holding On and Letting Go
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Belinda Acosta In a death-denying culture, how do we learn to accompany the dying and the grieving? I WAS PRE ...

Is the West's Reckless Lifestyle Killing Our Poorer Neighbors?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Why are international companies so aggressively promoting foods and cigarettes and drugs that will shorten people's lives and even kill them? Why is nobody stopping them? I s ...

Mother's Week: Standing Up for Fairness
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

My family has health insurance in part because we have been given advantages due to racial identity, family networking, and being part of the 1 percent. All of these things have worked specifically in my favor ...

Mother's Day: A Legacy of Wisdom and Strength
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Sharing stories of my own mother and the ways she taught and encouraged me feels like the best way to honor her on Mother's Day. This is my 19th Mother's Day without my ...

Something in the Blood
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Once in a while, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of grace in the middle of the worst humanity has to offer. And it’s in those moments that I tend to recognize God in our midst. ...

Two Years After a Devastating Earthquake: Hope for a New Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we need to plant ourselves at the gates of hope and work toward a just peace, on Earth as it is in heaven. Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's wh ...

Progress, Proof, Promise: Advent Expectations for the End of AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Looking at all the progress we have made, especially in the last 10 years, it is a moment for us to not only celebrate, but in the words of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, “recommit ourselves,” to end th ...

Bono Fights the Good Fight
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

"If the church doesn't respond to this, the church will be made irrelevant." - Bono, 2003 Today marks the anniversary of World AIDS Day. The USAID estimates th ...

World AIDS Day 2012: Mountains are Moving
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

With continued investment we are just a few years away from preventing nearly ALL children from being born with the virus. In our day to day lives it is safe to assume that most o ...

'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered': New U2 Album Aids Victims of East Africa Famine
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

All of the proceeds from the album, 'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered,' featuring Patti Smith, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode, Jack White, The Fray and others covering U2's famous 1991 album 'Achtung Ba ...