Gretchen R. Crowe

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A pro-life witness from the young ones in the roost

Once again this spring, our family is blessed to be preparing to welcome another member. As we get closer to D-Day (B-Day?), every “third child” stereotype is playing out in […]

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When your time is up, how would you want to exit this world?

On July 25 of last year, the Church celebrated the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It was a fitting addition to the life of the Church by […]

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Allow God to fill you up

Normally I scroll past things like this, but something about it caught my eye. One of my friends had reposted a lengthy message on Facebook — basically what amounts to […]

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Find joy in the simple things

You wouldn’t think that a small group of individuals going sledding during a winter storm would make the news, but on Jan. 29, as Winter Storm Kenan pummeled the Northeast, […]

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With the eyes of a child, gaze upon the Nativity

Every Christmas since I can remember, the National Gingerbread Competition has been hosted at the Grove Park Inn resort in my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Growing up, it was […]

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Interview: Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on eucharistic consistency and the forthcoming bishops’ statement

In the months leading up to the U.S. bishops’ spring general assembly June 16-18, headlines in both secular and Catholic media focused primarily on one issue: the potential of a […]

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Five ways to pray for marriages in June

June is a special month for my husband and me, because we, like so many others, celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our date is extra meaningful because we share it with […]

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Nothing short of miraculous: A COVID recovery story

When Jason Shanks entered his Fort Wayne home in mid-February, it was the first time he’d been there since an ambulance had taken him away three months earlier. In early […]

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The Christian call to become people of encounter

By Gretchen Crowe The pope’s message for World Communications Day, released every year on the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers, is always something to which I […]

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Making the most of masking, Catholic style

Cloth face masks: They’re the unexpected fashion trend of 2020. We’re making them, we’re buying them, we’re wearing them (hopefully). TV news reporters and members of Congress have such perfectly […]

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‘Why the Rosary, Why Now?’

Book review — Catholics love their rosaries. We buy them at shrines, give them as gifts, even occasionally hang them from our rearview mirrors. But how often do we reach […]