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The resurrection of the body

Our students are back on campus, and it has been a breath of fresh air. We asked them to quarantine for the first two weeks of the semester, since they […]

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A wrought-iron meditation

Guest Commentary by Bob Nowak Occasionally, it helps to remember our humanness. It helps to recognize the fragile nature of our shared need to simply breathe. The healthy bluster of […]

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Our lives have been transfigured by the One raised to glory

Second Sunday in Lent Mark 9:2-10 This weekend’s first reading, from the Book of Genesis, is about Abraham, a very important figure in the process by which Jews reached a […]

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Learning from Horton —  Say what you mean, mean what you say

Dr. Seuss’ fourth book was published in 1940 and met with critical acclaim. It features an elephant whose large ears and long trunk provided the ideal infrastructure for the artist’s […]

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The ‘quality of life’ error

During “serious illness conversations,” some doctors will ply their patients with this question: “What is your minimally acceptable quality of life?”  Behind the question can be the implication that if […]

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Living Lent well, even now

“The Lentiest Lent ever” was a phrase used last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in the United States set in during the liturgical season of Lent 2020. A […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord offers eternal life and peace if we implore His mercy

First Sunday of Lent Mark 1:12-15 The first reading, from the Book of Genesis, presents the familiar story of Noah. It is a study of contrast and of the consequences […]

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In defense of hope

Our bedtime routine with our 3-year-old daughter is quite simple. Bath. Nighttime snack of strawberries and grapes. Read books. Brush teeth. Potty. Say our prayers. Tuck her under the covers. […]

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How are we entering into the second Lent with COVID-19?

By the OSV Editorial Board With the arrival of Lent, we enter into a natural time of reflection. For 40 days, Jesus entered the desert, fasting and praying before beginning […]

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Why we need a distribution of power

A crucially important feature of Catholic social teaching, but one frequently underemphasized or misunderstood, is a clear animus against the concentration of power within a society. This perilous agglomeration can happen […]

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Jesus is the cure for our sinfulness

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 1:40-45 The first reading for this weekend comes from the Book of Leviticus. In sequence, Leviticus is the fourth book in modern biblical translations. […]

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Celebrating our anniversary with Pope Francis

It’s not often you get the pope to celebrate your birthday, even if it’s your 100th. Catholic News Service turned 100 in the midst of the pandemic, so it took […]