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Look to Mary when feeling helpless, advise Poor Clares in New Orleans

By Beth Donze NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — As the pandemic throws a metaphorical grenade into the everyday habits of people around the world, the consistent and faith-bolstering rhythm of daily […]

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An opportunity not to be missed

I’d love to be writing about something other than the coronavirus crisis, but it is hard to think of any other event that has so transfixed our attention. It is […]

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Moral dilemmas in the use of vaccines

Many years ago, my children received all the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Even though I was already a physician, I was ignorant of the fact that […]

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Sitting and waiting: living Holy Saturday

Arriving at the emergency room, we were so rushed with the hustle and bustle of nurses and questions, my grieving, shocked, tear-stained brain never really processed where we actually were […]

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The new coronavirus and us

I could write about something other than the new coronavirus pandemic, but right now it almost seems there isn’t anything else. The rapid spread of the virus, its death toll, […]

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The benefit of Catholic schools

“A lot,” my mom said. “A whole lot.” And she went back to washing the dishes. I shrugged and laughed, and pressed her for an actual answer. “Honestly, I don’t […]

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Coronavirus and ‘The Hollywood Squares’

The novel coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, late last year has affected higher education like nothing I have experienced in my time as a university president. We have called […]

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Love an enemy this Lent

The three classical spiritual practices that the Church urges us to embrace during Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I would strongly encourage every one of my readers to follow […]

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Doubling down on a bad deal

Perseverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt characterization […]

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Another infernal betrayal

Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” is still hell’s bestseller. A masterpiece of medieval poetry and theology since it was published seven centuries ago, the “Inferno” traces the author’s imagined trip through the […]

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‘Joyful momentum’ when two or more are gathered

There comes a moment when something clicks. At a book club or a Bible study. In a carpool circle or a coffee shop. A connection is made, and a gathering […]

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A hundred love letters

In a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Cutter chronicled the death of her father by suicide. As he struggled with rapidly progressing prostate cancer, he lost more […]