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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. I have always been interested […]

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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 […]

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Consenting to sex

Recent news articles exploring the post-#MeToo world of romance have noted the phenomenon of cell phone “consent apps,” allowing millennials to sign digital contracts before they have sex with their […]

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‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’

Pentecost John 20:19-23 This weekend the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost. The Acts of the Apostles provides the first reading, the dramatic story of the first Pentecost. In this […]

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Baseball and life

The high school girls ran out the door a few minutes ago, reminding me of their plans to attend the boys baseball game tonight. As often happens my mind wandered, […]

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Parkinson’s affects 1 million people in North America

Although you can’t describe it to your family or friends, there is a feeling that there is something inside of you that is not quite right. It is a weird […]

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The ‘dark stuff’ of grief

I recently overheard a woman say she had finally aired the “dark stuff” of her grief over losing her best friend to death after childbirth. It made wonder: Why do […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The risen Lord lives in us today and every day

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Mark 16:15-20 Celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord varies from place to place. In some places, this feast will have […]

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Monks’ weekend retreat helps recovering alcoholics find God

Guest Commentary by Daniel Conway Christian monks have been seeking God since the dawn of Christianity. They have removed themselves from the chaos and temptations of daily life “in the […]

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Michelle Wolf and the ‘throwaway culture’

The other night at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Michelle Wolf, who I’m told is a comedian, regaled the black-tie and sequin-gowned crowd with her “jokes.” Almost all were in […]

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A woman of uncompromising faith

Preparation for the 75th anniversary of Catholic Relief Services calls to mind a truly remarkable woman whose work has informed the Catholic social tradition, particularly in the United States during […]

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Growing in grace: spiritual motherhood

Most women have an innate call to motherhood within their very being. This vocational reality can be demonstrated through a variety of ways, each one as unique as the woman […]