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Lead with beauty: evangelization and the solar eclipse

The rain fell heavy on a Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers noticed, and plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man […]

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Don’t wait for the young adult group to get involved in your parish

By Zac Davis Young adults are tough to minister to. We’re on the move, our peers aren’t going to church with us, and we’re most likely to sneak out of […]

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Sometimes you have to bend the rules

Recently a gentleman presented to one of my cardiology colleagues in the office for evaluation of symptoms that can best be described as vague and nonspecific. He happened to be […]

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A Mass confusion

In professional Catholic circles, a tired joke that still makes the rounds goes like this: Q: What’s the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? A: You can negotiate with […]

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What we do and how we do it

“Can I talk to you?” she asked, this daughter of mine, on an evening after a particularly stressful and exhausting day for me. It was late. I had just plopped […]

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The ‘expendable children’

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are “too […]

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The company of good people

St. Bonaventure says in his little treatise Bringing Forth Christ, “Seek the company of good people. If you share their company, you will also share their virtue.” With this thought […]

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History lessons: Embracing our ancient faith 

Nicholas Owen was canonized 364 years after his death. Such is often the case with the Catholic Church, charged with curating a 3,000-year treasure trove of saints and stories, rovers […]

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Christ must be first: prioritizing in the seminary

Greetings and salutations from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary! This is Daniel Niezer here, co-authoring this fantastic column on our “strange and joyful life.” I want to thank my diocesan brother, […]

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Freedom and the mission of Catholic universities

Guest Commentary: Adrian Reimers Fifty years ago, Father Hesburgh of the University of Notre Dame invited two dozen leaders in Catholic higher education to Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, to plot […]

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I think I’m having a heart attack

A 42-year-old man presents to the emergency room with acute onset of shortness of breath and chest tightness. He is in the middle of a contentious divorce and has not […]

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The value of work

All of us are liable to complain of our work. We grumble at the hardness of our work, at its monotony and dullness, at the lack of time to rest […]