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Spring and Easter cleaning
A bright morning sun came shining through the patio's sliding glass door and showed me what a poor job I had done vacuuming and dusting. More ...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The sins we ignore
When I was a young woman, I saved my money from my first year of teaching and left for Ireland the following summer. Young and a bit naive, I simply purchased a one-way ticket for my lifelong dream and flew to Shannon. More ...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Nothing is ever really ours
Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality and every commandment. Everything is gift. Nothing can be ultimately claimed as our own. More ...
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Confession is good for the soul
Confession is good for the soul. How profoundly true this old adage is and it is so helpful because it leads people to realize the need they have to unburden themselves from truths that can be difficult to open up about. More ...
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Advance funeral planning can spare loved ones extra grief

No one expected Joe to die. Replace the name “Joe” with anyone you’ve known into that sentence.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The lingering bonds of our most important friendships
I didn't have many friends in high school, but I did have a core group of those I considered close. At a time I didn't trust many people, they were the ones who taught me how to have faith in others, not by word, but by action. More ...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Asking, and answering, questions of faith are important steps on the journey
In my line of work, I often turn to well-known and credible research entities to get news about data related to the Church and her people. More ...
Monday, March 13, 2017
Of faith and fish
For Catholics and other Christians who observe meatless Fridays, fish figure prominently, and this makes me (pardon the pun) happy as a clam. More ...
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
To be in God's hands
Like most Catholics, I planned for Lent. I had my list of suggested "give ups," "to dos," goals. I like to be in control. There are aspects of this personality trait that are positive, but essentially wanting control is often a futile endeavor. More ...
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Preparation for the test
I remember the colossal relief I felt after my doctoral defense, noting that I would never have to take a test again. But of course, bigger tests awaited. More ...
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Of virtue and sin
There’s an axiom which says: “Nothing feels better than virtue.” There’s a deep truth here, but it has an underside. More ...
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Immigrants, refugees, migrants ... and your family
My personal "immigrant" experience is very mild. I was almost 12 when the family moved from the Midwest to the Northwest. More ...
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Never forget: It's all about attitude
Sometimes the things we're told should go without saying are the things that most need to be said. More ...
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Faith in the workplace
Faith at work within you is one thing; faith in you at work is something else again. There can be a gap between practicing one's religious faith (being an "observant Jew," a "practicing Catholic") and living it. More ...
Monday, February 27, 2017
My farewell column
And now after 50 years of writing articles, 20 of them in syndication with Catholic News Service, having reached the ripe old age of 85, I am leaving behind the deadline drudgery to slow down a bit. More ...
Monday, February 27, 2017
Get to know Jesus' human side
What are the first few things that pop into your mind when you hear the name of Jesus Christ?

If you are like most people, it’s probably “God” or “Savior” or “friend.” And, of course, he is all of these. But I wonder how far down the list “human being” would be?

 
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Lent and the culture of greed
Once again, Pope Francis does not mince words.

In his 2017 Lenten message, our refreshingly candid pontiff takes on the subject of money in our lives and pulls no punches.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Gospel calls on faithful to be instruments of peace, compassion

Today’s First Reading from Sirach focuses on our free will – our ability to decide on our own whether we choose to keep or not to keep God’s Commandments.

Sirach tells us that if we do keep God’s Commandments, we will be saved. What are these Commandments that we need to keep? 

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Sharing good news is commitment to witness
February is Catholic Press Month, a time that we pause to reflect on the roles and responsibilities of Catholic publishing overall, and your diocesan newspaper, in particular. More ...
Thursday, February 23, 2017



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