Amen

Combat disaster fatigue with compassion

Harden not your heart. Combat disaster fatigue with compassion.
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Teach your parents

Paul McMullen finds boundless inspiration from young people.
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I have seen the face of Christ

Many years ago, I read an essay that pointed out that the church – whose head is Christ – must have a dual nature: like Jesus, both divine and human. If the church were not human, it would not be riddled with sinners and all that sin brings into our lives; but if the church...
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‘You are precious; I love you’

We cannot simply say, “Have a nice day,” to someone who is clinically depressed, and expect that to change his or her situation. But we can learn to identify warning signs (see box) and get help for those who are hurting.
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Solitude and solace

After open-heart surgery, Paul McMullen’s gratitude is keener than ever.
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Mary, Mother of the Church

I heard that someone commenting on the new memorial said, “Isn’t there enough about Mary, already?” How can there be too much about Mary when she brought us Jesus?
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Protect children, each and every one

Those who turn a blind eye to the children  who are victims of human trafficking; young refugees from Afghanistan or Syria; or the young ones among us who do not have ample food, clothing, shelter and education, contribute to their neglect.
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Amen: Men of Letters

Reading Archbishop Lori’s pastoral letter on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's principles of nonviolence prompted Paul McMullen to consider his actions – and inaction – on issues of race and discrimination.
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Amen: Boring in eye of beholder

When we choose to stay in our own little world, it’s not because we are hateful or uneducated or racist. Some like the hustle, bustle and skyline. I’ll take the calm, rolling hills and serenity. 
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Amen: Ecclesiastes and 1968

Social media pronounces that there has never been this much discord and downright hate in our nation. I wasn’t around for the Civil War, but do recall the mess that was 1968.
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The thin green line

We are powerless, conversely, to stop acts of nature – God. We are, however, in position to help with the cleanup caused by both the divine and humanity.
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Amen: Keepsakes amid detritus

There is a reason the obituary section is dubbed the Irish sports pages; for me, there is nothing melancholy about remembering absent friends.
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