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Being good-hearted is not enough
Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn’t necessarily change the social, economic, and political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. More ...
Thursday, June 22, 2017

The 2018 synod and the imperative of really listening to Hispanic youth
The wheels have been in motion for more than a year in preparation for the October 2018 synod.  More ...
Thursday, June 22, 2017
You are my favorite customer
I was barely through the door of my neighborhood bank the other day when I heard "Ana," (not her real name), one of the tellers, call "Hi, Effie." More ...
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Are we (really) listening?
I always hope to have a real-world example to go along with the subject I write about in this column. As I type this, I am alternating between the need to laugh and the temptation to cry (or, at least, furl my brow and shake my head). More ...
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Coming full circle - From storybooks to spirituality
My first love was literature, novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures.   More ...
Sunday, June 11, 2017
How are your technological 'practices' affecting your memory and imagination?
As a father of four, I am familiar with practice. There's hockey practice, piano practice and lots of practicing patience. My kids are learning what a C-sharp sounds like and how to track the puck when they are playing defense. These practices form our family by training perception. More ...
Thursday, June 8, 2017
A budget to serve the common good
As we drive through rural Nebraska to a memorial service for an old family friend, an orange sunset bathes tiny new corn in soft light. More ...
Monday, June 5, 2017
Empathy: A Father's Day gift
While visiting with friends and family who work with the homeless population and elderly veterans, the conversation turned to how many of these men are estranged from their families. Some have had no interaction with their children for decades. More ...
Monday, June 5, 2017
Pentecost and You
We celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost Sunday 50 days after Easter. More ...
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Honesty with God, others means not overbooking your yeses
Rachel Gardner has a bad habit – she says yes when she ought to say no. More ...
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Attending Mass led to my conversion to Catholicism
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman once wrote that "to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant." More ...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Going on, ahead
“I go on ahead to prepare a place for you!” Jesus speaks those words to his disciples on the eve of his death as he sits at table with them and senses their sadness as they grapple with his dying, his going away. More ...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Staying prepared for 'grief pockets'
Looking back over the past four years, I can't pinpoint when or where the scale tipped. When my days became more "not-grieving" than grieving. More ...
Friday, May 26, 2017
Through the trials of life, gratitude is a wellspring of hope and healing
This year I spent Mother’s Day away from home, without spending any time with my sons and their families. I had been sick for several weeks and my husband thought a few days away at the shore would give me time to rest. More ...
Friday, May 26, 2017
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



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