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The Oblate Sisters of Providence: An American story
As we observe Black History Month in 2018, examining the early history of the Oblate Sisters of Providence can teach us several important lessons. More ...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Good sports
When I was about 13, I had a bad temper -- so bad that I quit playing golf. More ...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Joy unburdened by envy and jealousy
In an address to the people of Rome early in his pontificate, Pope Francis said, “A jealous heart is a bitter heart, a heart that instead of blood seems to have vinegar.” More ...
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Investing in young women in the church
In a recent survey conducted by America Media in collaboration with the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate, more than 67 percent of all the Catholic women who were surveyed reported that they have never participated in parish ministry. More ...
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Three cheers for Lucas
In a week dominated by the Winter Olympics and news of partisan combat (of course) in Washington, D.C., I am transfixed by the contagious smile of one little boy named Lucas Warren. More ...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Keep the faith and turn to the Lord in times of sadness
When I was little, I was sad because my parents wouldn’t buy me a pony. (We lived in an apartment.) When I was a teen, I was sad because I had acne. As an adult, I became sad when I started losing my hair. You might say, sadness is part of the human condition. More ...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Of love and Lent
Poor St. Valentine! Today's commercializing of the holiday that bears his name overshadows the faith origins of the date and the saint's sacrifice in the early centuries of the church. But this year, with Feb. 14 also marking the start of Lent, we have an opportunity to find special insight in the celebration of love and incorporate it into these next 40 days and beyond. More ...
Monday, February 12, 2018
Plan for Lent
When my son and his male cousins headed to college, my daughter's gift to them was a colorful book called "A Man, a Can, a Plan," by David Joachim and the editors of Men's Health. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
Ill persons, caregivers alike have dignity, mission in life

World Day of the Sick was first introduced in 1992 by St. Pope John Paul II as a time of prayer and sharing of one’s suffering. On Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, the Church will commemorate the 26th annual World Day of the Sick.

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Friday, February 9, 2018
Lenten listening: What do you hear?
There is an ongoing debate in our home on how well my husband can hear. More ...
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
It's time to give praise to Catholic caregivers
In a 2017 article for the London-based Catholic Herald, Professor David Paton of Nottingham University called the Catholic Church “the largest and most significant non-state organization in the world” and “one of the biggest aid agencies in the world.” More ...
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Getting organized for love
I began the new year with 8,000 college students at the Student Leadership Summit (SLS18) of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). More ...
Friday, February 2, 2018
How to hold doubt and grow faith
One Sunday after Mass when I was 13 years old, I told my dad that I wasn't sure if I believed that Jesus was really in the Eucharist. More ...
Friday, February 2, 2018
Broadening the pro-life witness
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor found himself on the headline side of a "man bites dog" story. The headline read: "Bishop will not attend March for Life in Little Rock." More ...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
How does God act in our world?
There’s an oddity in the gospels that begs for an explanation: Jesus, it seems, doesn’t want people to know his true identity as the Christ, the Messiah. More ...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Reading a world filled with signs
How we come to know God? Faith and prayer for sure, but the physical world also provides material signs of his presence. More ...
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Catholic Schools Week 2018 - A time to celebrate!
January 28 through February 3 marks a time of celebration nationwide.  Each year during Catholic Schools Week, school doors open wide inviting the public to be a part of the Catholic school experience. More ...
Sunday, January 28, 2018
The debt we owe
In Omaha, Nebraska, where I live, we have a feature writer in the local paper who covers the stories of refugees in our city. Her most recent article featured the trials of a family from Congo who spent years in a Tanzanian refugee camp hoping for a better life. More ...
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Catholic Schools Week 2018 - A time to celebrate!
January 28 through February 3 marks a time of celebration nationwide.  Each year during Catholic Schools Week, school doors open wide inviting the public to be a part of the Catholic school experience. More ...
Thursday, January 25, 2018



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