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In praise of middle children

There’s something new to worry about these days: the disappearance of the middle child. One of the side effects of shrinking family size is that middle children are disappearing. With […]

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A new apologetics: Bishop Barron’s youth synod intervention

NOTE: On Oct. 4, Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Jesus’ encounter with two erstwhile disciples on […]

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Plea from the brokenhearted

At the opening of the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller said, “You are right to be heartbroken.” Much attention by Church leaders, as it […]

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Pursuing less to live more: the grace of enough

Haley Stewart stared at the publish button and froze. It’s nerve-wracking to announce big news, and this, in particular, had the potential to raise eyebrows. The title of the blog […]

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‘It has been an honor to be a physician and see miracles like this’

I would like to tell you a story about one of my all-time favorite patients. This happened many years ago. Only a few people in my family and a few […]

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The truth that set him free

“I believe the Lord has put me here for this very moment. Throughout all of the pain, the Lord has never left me alone. He has continued to love me, […]

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Opioids, pain management and addiction: balancing ethical duties

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. […]

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Praying with children

Next month, Pope Francis will host a synod of bishops on the theme of “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.” This may seem uncomfortable, even incongruous, given the crisis the […]

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Sacraments, not social events

A  common pastoral problem today is that many people have reduced the liturgy and the sacraments to ceremonies. To be sure, they have ceremonial aspects, but they are not mere […]

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Breaking up with your phone

I’ve been emailing my friend Becky, a newspaper editor in South Dakota, about our growing desire to unplug. We used to compare notes on “Dancing with the Stars,” but lately […]

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Can we pay others to donate a kidney?

Often, we envision donating our organs after we are dead, but we can also choose to become an organ donor while we are alive if we share part of our […]

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Why we stay, and the Vigano Testimony

The Sunday Mass Scriptures during this summer of horrors have often been eerily appropriate, beginning with Jeremiah’s polemic against malfeasant shepherds who mislead the Lord’s flock (July 25) and continuing […]