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Religion

  • GRACE NOTES: Dead man laughing

    Ten years ago I wrote: “My friend Mike ate breakfast last week, which is nothing short of a miracle.

    “He doesn’t shake anymore or wake up in the middle of the night sweating. The little green monkeys that haunt him are gone too.”

  • Islamic State tightens grip on captives held as sex slaves

    LORI HINNANT 

    MAYA ALLERUZZO

    BALINT SZLANKO

    Associated Press

    KHANKE, Iraq 

    The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is “Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon.”

  • Learning to enjoy the ride

    Nancy Kennedy

    GRACE NOTES

     

    When I first met my husband he drove a brand-new 1973 Mercury Comet GT, white with orange pinstripes along the sides and orange vinyl interior — and a manual transmission.

    As Barry attempted to teach me how to drive it, I proved myself to be a willing student, but not an adept one.

  • Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

    NICOLE WINFIELD

    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY 

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI thanked Pope Francis and endorsed his mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring the reigning pope honoring the retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

  • When God loses his mind

    Every so often I’ll say to God, “With all due respect and with the full realization that you can fry me on the spot, which I admittedly deserve — you have obviously lost your mind. Sir.”

    Here’s a perfect example: After many, many months of inviting a friend to my church, one day several years ago this friend finally decided to actually come.

  • Mideast hub Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan

    JON GAMBRELL

    Associated Press

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  

    The city-state is breaking new ground with its decision to loosen rules prohibiting daytime alcohol sales during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a move that reflects how much Dubai’s rulers value the revenue both tourists and alcohol tax bring into this emirate.

  • Grace Notes 6/18/16: Got rocks?

    Although I don’t think it’s terminal, it is chronic: I have a chronic case of CRS — Can’t Remember Stuff.

    That’s the diagnosis one of my co-workers gave me the other day. He may or may not have been joking.

    I tell people all the time to please, please, please remind me of stuff. It’s the CRS, folks. I just can’t remember stuff.

  • Religious doctrine

    BEIRUT — The gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando is said to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in a 911 call, and a day after the massacre, the extremist group described the shooter as “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.”

  • Prayerful pose

    Can a Christian in good conscience practice yoga?

    It depends on who you ask. For decades, Christian culture has wrestled with what to do with yoga: Is it a religion? Is it, as some believe, actually anti-Christian, a gateway to Eastern religions that deny the deity of Christ and other principles of the Christian faith?

    Enter Holy Yoga, the Christian-based yoga practice developed in 2005 by Brooke Boon, an avid yoga student and instructor.

  • Shoes of grace

    I wish you could walk in my shoes.

    I’m talking about my Skechers round-toed EZ Flex 2 Sweetpea slip-ons with the softest, most cushiony memory foam footbeds that feel like I’m walking on pillows.

    I have three pairs — black, gray and powder blue. Today I’m wearing the powder blue ones.

    They are the most comfortable shoes I own and quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I may have ever worn before in my entire life.