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'Do this in memory of me'
We Remember • Parishioners pray the Rosary near the grave of a Civil War soldier at St. James at Sag Bridge Parish in Lemont, Ill., following a Mass in celebration of Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

We Remember • Parishioners pray the Rosary near the grave of a Civil War soldier at St. James at Sag Bridge Parish in Lemont, Ill., following a Mass in celebration of Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

Our Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day,” an opportunity to decorate many graves of the over 600,000 men who died in the Civil War. More ...
Monday, May 28, 2018

How we can follow in St. Isidore the farmer's footsteps
We had a garden in our backyard at home and I assisted with that. Planting the flowers (from seed) was my specialty. I still remember watching the alyssum, zinnias, snapdragons and other flowers come to life.  More ...
Monday, May 28, 2018
Hype and reality on family planning
President Trump has announced he will restore a Reagan-era regulation forbidding clinics in the federal Title X family planning program to perform or refer for abortions. More ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
What's so funny?
Our youngest daughter is living at home while her husband finishes his medical residency. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Cures for 'chronic news funk'
I have been a news junkie almost all my life. I've read a daily newspaper since grammar school, progressing from comics to sports to the front page. I was the first one in my family to get up in the morning, so I was the first to fetch the newspaper from the driveway. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
An advocate for the Gospel of Life
For me, a highlight of the past month was seeing Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon receive the University of Notre Dame's Evangelium Vitae medal. More ...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
LIFE ISSUES FORUM: Conspiracy against life

In recent weeks, the eyes of the world were drawn to Liverpool, England as the life of 23-month-old Alfie Evans hung in the balance.

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Friday, May 4, 2018
The paradoxes of inclusion
In a recent homily, Bishop Robert E. Barron rightly identified two paramount values in our secular culture: being "inclusive" and being "nonjudgmental." More ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
A little boy meets a pastor
A remarkable video of Pope Francis answering a young boy's deeply personal question was posted by Catholic News Service recently. More ...
Monday, April 23, 2018
Catholic journalist, former Rider student, recalls lessons taught by a great lady
Along with many in this country and around the world, I mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, the former first lady who died April 17 at the age of 92. In my few and brief encounters with her, I always found her to be kind and gracious. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
In the beginning
Stephen Hawking died last month. He was a brilliant and influential physicist responsible for, among other things, the conclusion that black holes emit energy that we now call "Hawking radiation." More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018



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