Keeping Watch

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Memorial Day

Two-minute read. Memorial Day was originally set aside for — and I believe should be reserved for — those who gave their all. Join me this Memorial Day to honor those who richly deserve our tribute, to take time to do so even before the bar-b-que begins, and to remember that freedom isn’t free, that the cost has been paid and is being paid still.

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On the 22nd Anniversary of Columbine, Not Nearly Enough Has Changed

Three-minute read. On April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens went on a shooting spree. I share my concerns with those of my sister and brother bishops from Bishops United Against Gun Violence, that in the intervening years we have not done enough to introduce common sense laws and make efforts to prevent such tragedies.

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Bishops United Against Gun Violence issues statement on Atlanta spa shootings

Three-minute read. On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, a mass shooting in Atlanta took the lives of eight people. Along with my sister and brother bishops from Bishops United Against Gun Violence, I offer the following statement to raise awareness of the shooting and the terrible, national legacy that precedes this tragedy. I encourage you to read on.

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Bishop Marty Reflects on the Events at the U.S. Capitol

Two-minute read. What happened today (1/6/2021) at the United States Capitol — the mob violence that vandalized the revered halls of the physical symbol of our nation’s democratic institutions, that drove the members of Congress from the people’s work, that led to injury and the loss of a life — was an abysmal sight. I was appalled. I hope you were also shocked.

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Boiling Point

Six-minute read. “We are acting as though God doesn’t see or care about the way we treat one another, belittle one another, or degrade one another.”

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Prayer in the midst of an epidemic

Two-minute read. COVID-19 is causing disruption to our daily lives like no other circumstance in my lifetime. Not since W.W. II has the United States’ “home front” been forced to alter every aspect of our daily journey through life to the magnitude the coronavirus has already changed our routines. It is unprecedented.

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