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Deacon O’Hara: Power Of Choice And Free Will

on March 12, 2017 - 8:26am
By Deacon Jim O’Hara
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Why did God have to put that tree in the garden?”

I think this is a great question; a question that is very appropriate to the readings heard on the First Sunday of Lent. The answer is, the tree is there because a choice had to be made. In Chapter four of his first letter, St. John tells us simply that God is love. Our Christian theology explains this statement by telling us that God is a community of three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Father gives all of Himself, in love, to the Son.

Pastor Granillo: Reasonable Disobedience

on March 12, 2017 - 7:07am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2 (NIV)

I struggle sometimes with remembering that not everything is black and white. The Christian Church has been guilty of this as well. Its message has sometimes been, “Here is the rule, there is no excuse for disobedience.”

Sometimes we treat people as if every decision in their life is simple, “Choose A, not B, and you will get C”. This, of course, is not always true. Life is complex.

An Open Book: Let There Be Light

on March 9, 2017 - 8:45am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

A theoretical physicist and good friend of mine revels in the observation that in the Scriptures God created Light first. As if the cosmic microwave background radiation were not sufficient evidence of the theory of the Big Bang, he can point to Genesis as further cosmic, or maybe Cosmic, confirmation. To me, however, there is a simpler reason why God would have placed Light in the epicenter of Creation.

Without contrast, without distinctions, there is no universe, and the most fundamental contrast is between light and darkness.

I felt that contrast

United Church Of Los Alamos Hosts 32nd Annual Trip

on March 7, 2017 - 5:32pm
Group photo. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Auctioneer Mike Lipiatt will step up to the microphone Sunday, 2-5 p.m., to volunteer his time and golden, melodious tones, to raise money to build homes for the poor during spring break.
 
The United Church of Los Alamos will host its 32nd annual trip, once again joined by the Unitarian Universalist congregation to make life better for the less fortunate.
 
The church has actually been on six additional summer trips in addition to the annual trips, crafted and organized by church members, Randy and Laura Erickson.
 
The dynamic

Los Alamos Shows Support For Threatened Jewish Communities Across U.S. At Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil

on March 6, 2017 - 9:06pm
Since Jan. 1, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind. This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.

Letter To The Editor: About ‘Civility’ In Public Discourse

on March 6, 2017 - 7:53am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is in response to two columns by Father Glenn (link, link), two letters to the editor by Khalil Spencer (link, link), a column by Pastor Granillo (link), along with contributions from the prophet Isaiah, St. Luke, St. Paul, and everybody else who has recently written in to the Los Alamos Daily Post discussing “civility” in public discourse. 

Now, who could possibly be opposed to “civility” in public discourse? Well, it depends on how it is defined, who defines it, and most importantly, how it is implemented.

The simple fact of the matter is this: “civility”

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