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Yanny vs. laurel
Our senses often deceive us. The recent "yanny vs. laurel" debate on the internet saw those who heard the word "laurel" arguing with those who heard the word "yanny" when listening to a recording of the word "laurel." More ...
Friday, May 25, 2018

Lessons from two soon-to-be saints
I was thrilled to see the announcement that Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero during the upcoming synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment," and I was even more elated that their canonizations will take place on the same day. More ...
Friday, May 25, 2018
Thoughts on the meaning of friendship
One of the richest experiences of grace that we can have this side of eternity is the experience of friendship. More ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Home to Alaska
You know you're boarding a flight to Alaska when one attractive, well-dressed woman in line ahead of you says to another, "I love your Sorels." More ...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The infinite value of people with disabilities
At a recent U.N. gathering, the Holy See brought together a group of panelists to highlight the value of disabled persons in our society. More ...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Abortion and Divine Mercy
In this column I want to reach out to all women, especially those who have had an abortion. Without diminishing the seriousness of the sin, I want to tell them about the Good News of the Gospel. More ...
Monday, May 14, 2018
Grandparents are the best stewards of time, talent and treasure
As the weather grows warmer and we are able to spend more time on our backyard deck, it never fails to call to mind an image I have of my dad and one of my sons, a white-haired, blue-eyed handful of a child, perhaps four-years old at the time. More ...
Monday, May 14, 2018
How do we know what a smile really means?
Overjoyed at the arrival (finally) of springtime? Still gladdened by this year's celebration of Easter? Touched at the kind or encouraging word from someone close? More ...
Friday, May 11, 2018
The life-changing power of joy
When you're in your 20s and 30s, you often feel invincible -- like there's so much time to make mistakes because you'll fix them tomorrow. It's easy to boast that this is the time to do whatever you want. More ...
Friday, May 11, 2018
In praise of mothers
It’s fitting that we celebrate Mother’s Day during May, a month that we also dedicate to the Blessed Virgin Mary. More ...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The decline in relationships
I grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930s in a home without electricity, radio, TV, any kind of telephone, much less a smart one. More ...
Monday, May 7, 2018
For the unsung heroes: Sometimes it takes a death to reveal greatness
As a writer, I have a habit of collecting papers, always concerned that I may inadvertently lose something important. More ...
Monday, May 7, 2018
The need for apologies
When former first lady Barbara Bush died recently, memories of her good qualities abounded. More ...
Friday, May 4, 2018
A woman of uncompromising faith
Preparation for the 75th anniversary of Catholic Relief Services calls to mind a truly remarkable woman whose work has informed the Catholic social tradition, particularly in the United States during the last century. More ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
A daydreaming believer
I often follow along in my missalette the words of the entire Mass, not because I am pious but because I am a chronic daydreamer. More ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The shortcomings of a digital immigrant
Information technology and social media aren’t my mother tongue. I’m a digital immigrant. I wasn’t born into the world of information technology but migrated into it, piece-meal. I first lived in some foreign territories. More ...
Monday, April 30, 2018
How the Church can welcome young families
Many people have assumed that once millennials started to grow older and have kids, a large number would return to the Church or become more actively engaged. More ...
Monday, April 30, 2018
At the marketplace of culture
Attempts to evangelize online are not wrong, but the venue is not ideal. More ...
Friday, April 27, 2018
Good deeds plant seeds of hope
A short film entitled “Tree” depicts a traffic jam in India caused by a large tree that has fallen across the middle of the road. More ...
Friday, April 27, 2018

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