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BEFORE THE CROSS | Our giving should mirror God’s self-giving

It's about to get dark, in two senses.

In the first place, we switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time this week. Sure, the actual amount of daylight stays the same. But changing the clocks makes it feel like it's getting a lot darker, doesn't it?

Second, now that Halloween is over, the Christmas advertising blitz is about to begin. Its relentless push — rolling right over Thanksgiving, for the most part — can give the next two months a frantic air. If we're not careful, that's another kind of darkness that can envelop us over the next two months.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Break the mirror of narcissistic culture

Pope Francis led an audience with members of the Shalom Catholic Community Sept. 4 at the Vatican. Speaking to young people of the community, Pope Francis warned of the sadness caused by narcissism.

VATICAN CITY — Today's narcissistic culture leads to sad souls who worry more about keeping up appearances than caring for others, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to young people of the Shalom community, Pope Francis warned them of the sadness caused by narcissism, when "you live worried about putting makeup on your soul, about looking better than you are, about contemplating whether you're more beautiful than others."

"It is the sickness of the mirror," the pope said. "Young people, break this mirror!"

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