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THE GOOD STEWARD | Building bridges instead of walls

Dan Conway

It's too early to evaluate the impact of Pope Francis on the Church or the world. He's not even been pope for a year.

But there's no question that Pope Francis has had an impact. Ask anyone what they think about the new pope. Many will say, "I really like him!" Some will say, "I like what he says, but I'm worried that he's moving too fast." Some will express reservations or concerns about various aspects of his pastoral approach. A few people may say outright that they dislike Pope Francis, but the fact remains: He's hard not to like!

THE GOOD STEWARD | Following the star of wonder

Dan Conway

"O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light."

We Three Kings

THE GOOD STEWARD | Stewardship saves Christmas

Dan Conway

During this time of year -- which the Church calls Advent but the secular world knows as the pre-Christmas shopping season -- Christians experience a profound tension. The Church urges us to prepare for Christ's coming again by intensified prayer, fasting and sharing with others. That's not the message our culture proclaims now.

THE GOOD STEWARD | Stewardship is the practice of putting our faith in action

Dan Conway

This is the Year of Faith, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI a year ago, which will conclude the end of this Church year on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 30.

THE GOOD STEWARD | The Church continues to fight the HHS Mandate

Dan Conway

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is in the news again, and once again the Catholic Church is caught on the horns of a dilemma not of its own making.

The dilemma is that we Catholics wholeheartedly affirm the need for affordable health care for all. In fact, our Church has been leading the charge on this issue for more than a century. On the other hand, we cannot in good conscience accept government regulations that seriously restrict and burden our religious freedom.

THE GOOD STEWARD | Jesus is what we long for, the joy of our desiring

Dan Conway

"Be careful what you wish for" is a saying we've all heard before. It reminds us that our desires can get us into trouble -- sometimes serious trouble.

Pope Francis recently spoke about the need to channel our desires appropriately. "All of us have a desire," the pope said during a recent Angelus address. "Pity the person who doesn't have a desire. Desire moves us forward, toward the horizon, and for us Christians, that horizon is an encounter with Jesus, who is our life, our joy, our happiness."

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