Viewpoints

GUEST VIEWPOINT | The last acceptable prejudice

Anti-Catholicism has been called "the last acceptable prejudice." Tragically, it was on display at the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to be a federal appellate judge.

Barrett, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, is a constitutional law expert who has clerked for appellate and Supreme Court judges. She is eminently qualified. A Catholic at a Catholic university, she has helped law students and others understand how to reconcile being a good Christian and a good judge.

FAITHFUL FAN | Good sportsmanship requires cultural awareness

The student representatives of 13 schools in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association (AAA) got the message. There's plenty of reasons to play high school sports and, with apologies to Vince Lombardi, winning isn't the only thing — it ranks far down the list. And there's no excuse for racist remarks or gestures, on or off the field, or insults from fans.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Lead with beauty: Evangelization lessons from the solar eclipse

The rain fell heavy that Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bleary-eyed travelers plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites.

A white-haired man wearing a Saturn shirt had heard it would be clearer in Columbia, Mo., than Kansas City, Mo., and decided to attempt the added hour of travel for a better view of the Great American Eclipse.

"If we can't make it there in time," he said, "our ship is sunk."

GUEST COLUMNIST | Fresh habits for the new school year

Every new school year is a chance for a fresh start. It's exciting, but as weeks go by, we can fall back into bad habits. There are ways to maintain your drive to succeed despite new (and old) challenges.

Here are some tips for the new academic year:

• Prioritize your physical, mental and spiritual health.

• Get enough sleep. Sleeping more than six hours allows for brain development (which occurs until age 25 or 30). A regular sleep schedule also helps you retain knowledge and make healthier decisions.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Seeking to satisfy a spiritual thirst with trust, prayer

I can't pray.

Well, that's not accurate. If only it was that cut and dried. In reality, the spiritual issue is exceedingly more complicated.

I can communicate with God — to God — in limited ways. I made promises to people that I would lift up their special prayer intentions on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. So I say those intercessory prayers, asking for blessings and love in a special way for those family, friends and strangers alike. I trust that God hears. I hope that He hears.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Stewardship strengthens our faith

For some people, "stewardship" is the term the Church uses when she tries to get money — isn't "stewardship" the Catholic code word for fundraising sprinkled with holy water?

Unfortunately, the word has been misused and misunderstood for so long, many people tune out when they hear the word.

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