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The grand jury

By Mark Etling on November 23rd, 2014

As the days and weeks drag on in anticipation of the decision of the Michael Brown grand jury, I find myself thinking more and more, “I just want this to be over.”  But the more I think about it, I don’t want it to be over.  The killing of Michael Brown has opened a racial wound … Read More


Reflections on Ferguson in the NCR

By Mark Etling on August 31st, 2014

The National Catholic Reporter was kind enough to publish some reflections of mine on the situation in Ferguson. To view them, go to www.ncronline.org and type Mark Etling in the search box at the top right of the page. The article I’m referring to is titled “The Voices of God in Ferguson.” See what you … Read More


More reflections on the situation in Ferguson

By Mark Etling on August 20th, 2014

If you have time and interest, please check out this week’s issue of the National Catholic Reporter. They have been kind enough to print my extended reflections on the situation in Ferguson. The story will appear both in print and online. The title I gave the story is, “The Voices of God in Ferguson.” They … Read More


Peace and justice in Ferguson

By Mark Etling on August 11th, 2014

In the aftermath of all that has taken place in the city of Ferguson over the weekend, I suggest there are some things we as a Catholic Christian community can do: 1. Pray for the young man who lost his life, and for his family in their time of grief. 2. Pray for our police … Read More


The children from Central America

By Mark Etling on August 10th, 2014

As you know, one of the hot-button issues in America today is what to do with the children from Central America who are entering this country illegally. The Catholic Church for years has been very clear on this question: people have the right to move from one country to another freely: Pacem in Terris (Pope … Read More


Rights and responsibilities

By Mark Etling on August 3rd, 2014

There is a necessary coupling when it comes to the issue of rights and responsibilities. It’s important to keep in mind that every right we humans possess carries with it a corresponding responsibility to fulfill and exercise that right. This means, for example: 1. My right to education carries with it the responsibility to see … Read More


Evangelii Gaudium

By Mark Etling on April 22nd, 2014

Over the next several weeks we will be exploring the depth of meaning in Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Evangelii Gaudium. The letter is as noteworthy for its tone of hope and directness as it is for its far-reaching content. You can access Evangelii Gaudium by going to: www.vatican.va/evangelii-gaudium/en/index.html


Family as “domestic Church”

By Mark Etling on March 16th, 2014

One of the images for the family adopted by the bishops at the Second Vatican Council was the phrase “domestic Church.” This terms is rich with meaning, and was intended to draw attention to the dignity and importance of the family. First, it draws a parallel between the Church as a whole and the family. … Read More


Family as sacrament

By Mark Etling on January 30th, 2014

We know that the Church defines sacrament as a moment of encounter with Christ at special moments in life – baptism, reconciliation, Eucharist, etc. The Church defines seven formal sacraments. But there’s another, broader way of looking at sacraments. For believers, every moment of every day can be a sacrament, a moment of encounter with … Read More


All our families

By Mark Etling on January 24th, 2014

In our discussion last Sunday we noted that the definition of family is very broad – it includes the nuclear family, the blended family, single-parent families, same-sex couples (with kids or no kids), single persons, widows and widowers, and men and women in religious life. In other words, we all belong to a family. What’s … Read More