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Umankind seems to be in the process of destroying itself. We are one species, it would seem, yet unlike most animals we kill our own kind at a prodigious rate. Some anthropologists suggest that we do so because there are many varieties of humans whom we don't recognize as humans like ourselves. In other creatures recognition of conspecifics is programmed into the nervous system. Humans have to learn to recognize another as a fellow. Apparently we are not very good at learning. One need only...

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Experience ourselves as torn and twisted. we have the best of intentions we want to be good and generous and kind and brave, but we end up being ugly, mean, stingy, and cowardly. We are suspicious of strangers, hostile to our neighbors, disloyal to our friends, ungrateful to our parents, harsh to our spouse, unsympathetic to our children, unfaithful to our ultimate convictions. We are filled with bad habits. We eat too much, drink too much, smoke too much, talk too much. We are uncharitable,...

Is it possible to have friends Is Jesus really present in the Holy Eucharist

In our search for community with others we are often at odds with our fellow humans. We want the warmth and support of friendship but we frequently find ourselves fighting with those who are our friends. Our parents bring us into the world. They feed, clothe, and protect us while we are helpless and defenseless, and yet from our first selfish wait as a neonate we struggle with them, demanding both their service and our freedom from their control. Our brothers and sisters are the closest people...

Can our guilt be wiped away What is sanctifying grace

Are guilty. indeed, we are hounded, tormented, plagued, overwhelmed by our guilt. Some of it is related to things that we did when we knew we were wrong. We cheated on a test teased another person mercilessly stole from a supermarket lied to a teacher, a parent, a friend. We swore a false oath, we consciously gave a bad piece of advice, we were not fair to a child, we were ungrateful to a parent. We bribed a public official, we disillusioned a young admirer, we subtly but effectively undermined...