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Spiritual Life: Solve the 'church family' conflict with love

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When our five children were growing up, we had the same territorial disagreements, wars over possessions and pecking-order conflicts common to most families. Routinely, I would step in to untangle the outer layer of "who did what to whom" or "she said, he said" and remind them of their options.

As a parting shot I would add, "Either you solve ...Read more

Light Notes: His life was flipped upside down. Now this man is seeking his destiny

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At the crest of the hill, a wide ribbon of asphalt beckoned the skateboarder; an irresistible promise of adventure. As the young man descended with purpose into the setting sun, the breeze urging momentum, an unknown malicious hand stretched out to change the course of Sean McClintock's life.

"I'm going down the side of the road, like a bike ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Conservers of Earth can offer prayer

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More than a year ago, I had a unique opportunity to offer an invocation prayer at a statewide meeting.

That, in and of itself, was not particularly exceptional. What made this opportunity special was the occasion -- an annual meeting of members of conservation districts.

Not exactly a church convention or religious convocation; in fact, the ...Read more

Evangelicals emerge as political force in Central America

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- In tiny, peaceful Costa Rica, a country that lives on its reputation as a laid-back vacation spot, the political ascent of a conservative evangelical pastor has caught many by surprise.

On Sunday, Fabricio Alvarado Munoz -- who has said he'll challenge the rights of same-sex couples, consider withdrawing from the Inter-...Read more

Light Notes: A Norman Rockwell Easter plan becomes an 'I Love Lucy' episode

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I fantasize about a Norman Rockwell life. But I live in a Lucille Ball "I Love Lucy" world. There are times when I wish I could change the channel.

There is one Easter more than a few years ago that brings to mind an episode that I'd like to forget. Grandsons Luke and Joshua would probably want to wipe it from their memory banks too. They had ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Unseen hands hold child in near tragedy

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Driving down Asotin grade on Washington State's Hwy 129, you will find a series of serpentine switchbacks, dropping steeply into the town of Asotin.

I'm remembering the time when my wife and I, with our young son, were driving home on that road in our Ford pickup. Ryan had just celebrated his third birthday.

Back in those days seatbelts weren'...Read more

Light Notes: At the end of his rope, he called out and got an amazing answer

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The voice on the loudspeaker rose above the noise in the Greyhound bus terminal, alerting the weary passenger to a waiting call. In a matter of moments, that message would irretrievably change the young college student's life.

"His words were deafening and put me right to my knees," Jack Jennings, now 66, said as he remembered the Illinois ...Read more

Decades after his death, Archbishop Oscar Romero will be made a saint

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ROME--Pope Francis has cleared the way for Archbishop Oscar Romero, an advocate for the poor who was slain in 1980 by right-wing death squads in El Salvador, to become a saint, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis considered Romero a model for the Roman Catholic Church and had approved a miracle attributed to...Read more

Light Notes: Film and television actor recalls road to his destiny

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Sissy Spacek, Carl Malden, Nashville, and Hollywood -- people and places in the world of creative arts. How could the little boy fingering the slide rule at his father's business ever envision this realm of musicians and actors as his true destiny?

Unknowing as a child, his future would hold unexpected doors to his real calling.

"I was about ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Keep tacking in headwinds of distress

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I am not a sailor. I have been on a sailboat a couple times, helping (I hope) crew on the Columbia River in Wallula Gap, Washington.

While that does not make me a sailor, I did learn at least one thing beyond watching the boom and not falling in.

I learned the essential function of "tacking," of shifting the boat's direction back and forth as ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Wisdom chooses love rather than division

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King Solomon carefully studied the two women standing before him. His lingering silence thickened the air, already charged with emotion.

During the night, two mothers and two infants who had been sharing the same room experienced the unthinkable; one baby was accidentally smothered. Now both moms, with deep anguish and tears, stood before the ...Read more

No Valentine's Day exception on Ash Wednesday

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bad news for Connecticut Roman Catholics hoping to enjoy a steak dinner, wine or chocolate on Valentine's Day: There won't be a pass on the obligations that begin that day with the start of Lent.

This year Ash Wednesday, the holy day that marks the beginning of the penitential 40-day season of Lent, falls on Valentine's Day. ...Read more

No Valentine's Day exception on Ash Wednesday

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bad news for Connecticut Roman Catholics hoping to enjoy a steak dinner, wine or chocolate on Valentine's Day: There won't be a pass on the obligations that begin that day with the start of Lent.

This year Ash Wednesday, the holy day that marks the beginning of the penitential 40-day season of Lent, falls on Valentine's Day. ...Read more

Light Notes: Military wife empowered to see hope in adversity

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Long before "girl power" was in vogue and Beyonce had added her voice to the mix, one young woman was already learning what it took to be strong.

"I was a tomboy farm girl, I guess," Tiffany Smiley said as she reminisced about growing up north of Pasco, Wash., miles from town, and often sporting bows and ribbons in her hair. "Those country girl...Read more

Light Notes: Love connects at highway collision

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Love. The bond that laces hearts together.

Is it confined to time and space, the here and now? Or does it reach beyond the confines of human comprehension, limitless in its ability to touch another?

Love, like life, can be hard to explain.

"We had a connection from the start," 23-year-old Bailey Jasper of Moses Lake, Wash., said as she ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Grow deep roots for dry seasons in your life

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Recently while walking out in our shrub steppe desert, I noticed that at least one species of sage has been trying to bloom tiny yellow blossoms. That was even before the recent rainstorms.

You know how dry it has been all summer, so the tenacity of these remarkable plants is rather impressive. I'm no biologist, but am aware that the only way ...Read more

Court rejects appeal of former Washington state football coach who prayed after games

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SEATTLE -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request by former Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy to reconsider its refusal to reinstate him to his job after he was fired for refusing to stop praying on the football field, and his attorneys vow they'll take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-member panel...Read more

Pope Francis apologizes to abuse victims for comments in Chile, still defends controversial bishop

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LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis has apologized for his highly criticized assertion during a trip to Chile last week that people who have accused a bishop of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest must provide proof.

Francis told the media Thursday that there was no "proof" that Chilean Bishop Juan Barros covered up abuse. ...Read more