Spiritual Reflections: Today's first reading from Isaiah and the Gospel from Mark are excellent examples of the effectiveness of God's word to realize what it announces.
The Trail of History: All involved in the efforts to repudiate the doctrine agree that the first step to healing wounds begins with the acknowledgement of its history.
"Individual reflection and action is critical" when it comes to improving the conditions of workers in the United States and elsewhere, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops' annual Labor Day statement.
The Trail of History: The Doctrine of Discovery originated from a series of papal bulls issued in the era following the Crusades.
The Trail of History: "One hundred years of unresolved grief. There is no time to work through the grieving process before you have to bury another person."
The Trail of History: Time passes with a stillness and quietude in Eagle Butte, despite the ever-present human suffering.
The Trail of History: Government and church-run boarding schools sought to Westernize and Christianize Native American children
Making a Difference: It's that time again when adults celebrate Labor Day, and kids head back to school. Meanwhile, millions of child laborers endure days of dangerous work.
The Trail of History: Deep psychological wounds hammer life in Cheyenne River today. The wounds are old, inflicted at a time when the Doctrine of Discovery dealt with America's "Indian problem."
The co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War hopes Pope Francis will call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons when he addresses Congress in September.