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The greatest mission for parents
Earlier this month we watched Pope Francis travel to Fatima for the centenary of Our Lady’s apparitions to the three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and Jacinta and Francisco Marto. More ...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Evicted: The housing crisis in the U.S.
My husband and I are sitting on our front porch on a gentle spring evening, reading.  More ...
Friday, May 19, 2017
Coming Full Circle - From storybooks to spirituality
My first love was literature, novels and poetry. More ...
Friday, May 19, 2017
First Holy Communions full of faith, family

In celebration of youngsters receiving their First Holy Communion in parishes across the Diocese, The Monitor invited two of its freelance correspondents, EmmaLee Italia and Rose O’Connor, to share their firsthand accounts of their children being welcomed to the Lord’s table.

Both families spend a large portion of their lives involved in the Church – as Catholic educators, lay ecclesial ministers, music ministers and various other activities. Following are EmmaLee’s and Rose’s loving reflections on witnessing their children taking an important step in their young spiritual faith journeys.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
At life's end
My father-in-law died this past month. He was a good, hardworking man, an immigrant, self-taught and self-reliant. More ...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Grace for the awkward stages in our lives
I've done many awkward things in my life. Coughed during a crucial conversation. Forgotten the name of someone I just met. Driven away from the store, leaving vital groceries behind.  More ...
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Technology and faith
I once asked some high school students to identify a couple of trees -- a birch and an elm -- based on pictures of their leaves. More ...
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Despair as weakness rather than sin
ultimate, unforgivable sin. More ...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
'Amid the Fray': Dispatches from the front
"Amid the Fray" is a curious sort of title for a column, don't you think? More ...
Monday, May 8, 2017
The fear gripping all of us today
"It's almost like living under this -- maybe not fear -- but a worry about what's next and what will happen. This feeling of being unwelcome in the country. I hadn't really felt that before." More ...
Monday, May 8, 2017
A moral duty to serve refugees
Imagine that you are languishing in a foreign jail alone. You don't know a soul in this strange country.  More ...
Friday, May 5, 2017
Single but not alone
As Mother's Day approaches, fresh in my memory are recent encounters with two single mothers. More ...
Friday, May 5, 2017
Farewell column: There is one thing I know with absolute certainty

Teens have the hardest job in the world. I say that with complete honesty and sincerity. It's hard to be a teen.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Walking at their pace
I balance the laundry basket on my hip while coaxing a sleepy preschooler downstairs. He wants me to carry him. More ...
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Never-ending parenting
A dear friend recently became a grandma for the first time and now the baby is "already" a month old. How did that happen so quickly? More ...
Friday, April 28, 2017
In light of faith
Fifty years ago, it might have seemed like an unlikely event: The head of the Catholic Church gathering bishops from around the world to listen to young people share their stories, struggles and suggestions as to how the church can help them discover their vocations and live meaningful lives. More ...
Friday, April 28, 2017
A big win for the little guy

Art Cullen has his gripes about Catholicism, but he cannot deny its influence on the work that last month won him a Pulitzer Prize.

 
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Mystagogy calls all Christians to encounter risen Lord
At the conclusion of the Mass I attended on Easter while visiting in New Jersey, the pastor repeated what appeared to be his annual Easter joke. Many people applauded when he asked if they wanted to hear it, and many smiled knowingly, already in on the punchline.  More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
See the success within the failure
Winter rain brought blessed moisture to Southern California, and nature is now thriving. People who carefully protected their gardens, trees and all, during our very harsh drought are benefiting from their foresight and faith. More ...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017



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