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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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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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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 […]

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Shared decision-making in medicine

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about shared decision-making in the practice of medicine. One of the main reasons for this is that some in the […]

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Why does God make us wait?

In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus healed many people at Capernaum. But the next day, though many were looking for Him and wanted healings, He said to His apostles that it […]

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What we know about St. Joseph

By John Fink On Dec. 8 of last year, Pope Francis unexpectedly declared the Year of St. Joseph, from then until Dec. 8 of this year, as a special time […]

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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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The perils of isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed many victims, beginning tragically with the death of hundreds of thousands of our neighbors. Some of its harms are more intangible but equally real. Precautions […]