Gretchen R. Crowe

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Experiencing Our Tangible Faith with Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Catholic faith is a faith of the senses, especially during the celebration of the Eucharist. We taste Our Lord Himself, receiving Him into our mouths at holy Communion; we […]

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Five Events in 2024 to Help Us Be Better Catholics

As we flip the calendar to 2024, I must admit the thought of the coming 12 months fill me with a certain amount of dread. Entering into another election year, […]

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Four Ways to Jump-Start Your Eucharistic Revival

It’s been almost a year and a half since Corpus Christi Sunday in 2022 – June 19 – the launch date of the ongoing National Eucharistic Revival. At the time […]

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Managing the Growing Chorus of Opinions

As our children get older, the number of voiced opinions under our roof seems to be growing exponentially by the day. Blessing 1 wants to listen to one particular kind […]

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Synod and Family, the Communication Skills are the Same

For almost two years, the Church has been actively engaged in a process of listening and discernment. Maybe you participated in synod conversations at your parish, maybe you didn’t. Maybe […]

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The Reliable, Comforting Presence of Our Lady of Protection

It was 10:30 at night when the beeping started. The kids were all sound asleep, and we were, naturally, on the 32nd of 33 floors. Only the restaurant with a […]

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Overcoming Predominant Passions

One of my favorite prayers is composed by Blessed James Alberione, an Italian priest, Church communications visionary, and founder of the Pauline family. Called “To Overcome the Predominant Passion,” it, […]

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Seven Awesome Songs to Sing this Easter Season

“Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!” It was on the final note of that refrain Easter morning that my almost 4-year-old daughter, Anne, let […]

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An Unforgettable Story of Forgiveness

Four years ago, I watched a video on YouTube of a woman who was doing impressive work caring for underserved children in downtown Columbus, Ohio. She’d started a center for […]

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What Pope Benedict XVI Taught Us About Dying Well

What does it mean to die well? The end, it’s inevitable for all of us. When, we don’t know. How, we don’t know. Where, we don’t know. But we know […]

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In Times of Sorrow and Joy, the Truth Remains: We’re Made for Community

Two and a half years after the pandemic began, the majority of us are just starting to regain the normalcy of what it means to be in community. Masks no […]

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Watching ‘The Crown’

What would it be like to watch your life play out on the small screen, episode after episode? It’s something I’ve been thinking about while watching Season 4 of “The […]