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GUEST COLUMN | Abortion is not a solution to overburdened foster care system

Recently, some influential voices have raised concern about the relationship between increased abortion restrictions and the number of children in foster care. Some of the arguments I've heard come down to this: "We should oppose, or at least fear, any further restrictions on abortion rights, because such restrictions will result in more children being placed in foster care." In our country, the foster care and adoption system is burdened and in need of investment, but increased reliance on abortion is not the answer.

Faithful Fan | Former NFL star stands out for his stance for life, education

Matt Birk is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics. The native of St. Paul, Minn., was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his excellence on and off the field, including his emphasis on the importance of education through his HIKE (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge and Education) Foundation.

Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was a standout center for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens from 1998-2012, concluding his career by helping Baltimore to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Prayer box taps into spiritual hunger

The box went up on a Monday evening in August, a plain white box nestled inside a little wooden tent and mounted atop a fence.

"Prayer requests" is written the side of the tent in black, all-caps lettering.

The box has a slot, like one awaiting Valentines, and the message: "Please write down any prayer requests. We would love to be praying for you!"

MAN OF THE HOUSE | From the bounty with which you have been blessed, share

My 3-year-old grandson, Lukas, could be a poster child for strong-willed boys. He often displays a temper as well as rock-solid stubbornness. When he sets his mind to something, there's no budging the mountain. And "Lukey-Dukey" is the stereotypical "all boy" in that he loves to wrestle.

My youngest grandson, Lukas also can be incredibly, even willfully sweet. Give him a bag of Skittles, a sack of fries, a bottle of a flavored drink — he promptly shares it with whoever is at the table. "Drink it," he says, as he shoves the bottle of slightly sour liquid at you. "It not sow-ah."

AN EDITOR’S LIFE | Unfriended after the election? Advent is a time to repair

A week after the presidential election, an odd friend request popped up on Facebook. We'd already been friends for years. We're actually kind of close.

"Weren't we already friends?" I inquired.

In a moment of deep frustration Nov. 8, she had unfriended all of her "conservative" friends.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Alexander Hamilton and the renaissance of Catholic education

Kurt Nelson

The musical "Hamilton" has captured the attention of most of the nation and the Nelson household hasn't been exempt. As a lover of history, I didn't need much convincing. My high school daughter first brought it to my attention and we began playing tracks as we were driving around town. The music is catchy and the lyrics clever, but I think one of its greatest achievements is the ability to tell us a story we thought we knew from a different perspective.

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