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Standring column: Pandemic darkness: Be a light, self-discovery is full of surprises

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****The pandemic continues. Inside-the-house-time translates to inside-of-ourselves-time, and for me, the longest self-reflection period ever. When life opens up again (fingers crossed), we will look back at what we discovered about ourselves and others. The inner world is vast with surprises in unknown corners. During this dark period we might ask, “What have I done to be a light?”Right now all we have is each […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne column: Memorial Day message

Dear Pastor,Memorial Day is a time of reflection. Do you think we’re getting the message?A: Your question is mysterious and open-ended. Getting the message about what? About Memorial Day? About God? About death? Thank you for reminding us about an important day that is in danger, like so many, of being overlooked and under-emphasized due to the world’s concern with a virus.Memorial Day is a time to remember, reflect and celebrate those people who gave their lives for […]

Tinsley column: Congratulations to the Class of 2020

Every May, when trees splash green lawns with shade and wildflowers fill the air with fragrance, we celebrate one of the significant rites of passage for each generation. Normally young men and women robe themselves in their school colors and don mortarboard caps with dangling tassels to accept diplomas signifying their educational achievement. But this year isn’t normal. Not for the Class of 2020. Some are watching commencement speeches online in the same way they completed their […]

Looper column: Give me chapter and verse: A brief history

My wife and I went to Turkey a few years ago on a tour of the seven ancient cities mentioned in chapters two and three of the Book of Revelation. In many of the places we traveled, we saw engravings dating back nearly two millennia and written in Greek. Since I know some Koine Greek, I was eager to read these signs.It was more difficult than I expected, partly because the Greek sometimes differed from the Koine I know, but largely because (as I anticipated) the Greek letters were all […]

Priest with squirt gun sprays holy water to keep coronavirus social distancing

DETROIT — A Roman Catholic priest in the Detroit area has taken aim at his parishioners in a bid to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, using a squirt gun to shoot holy water.Photos posted on social media by the St. Ambrose Church show the Rev. Tim Pelc shooting water into a car window as it stopped by the steps of the church on Easter. He wore a […]

Catholic churches in Ohio will reopen for Mass on Memorial Day

The Columbus Catholic Diocese and dioceses across Ohio will reopen churches for daily Mass starting on Memorial Day, May 25.The first Sunday Masses are set for May 31 across Ohio.Social distancing and face masks will be encouraged. Church capacities will also be reduced at locations, bishops from Columbus and other Ohio dioceses who have been meeting during COVID-19 agreed.The bishops also agreed that those who do not feel safe attending Mass during the […]