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In Business for the Common Good

Catholic entrepreneurs have an imposing defender in Andreas Widmer. Think business guru Peter Drucker wielding a halberd. The 6-foot-9-inch ex-Swiss Guard is an entrepreneur, teacher, and enthusiastic cheerleader of the […]

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The Not-So-Nice Origins of ‘Nice’

Words can change meaning over time — sometimes dramatically. For example, “manufactured” originally meant “handmade” (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word “decimate” used to mean “to reduce by a tenth” (decem = ten); […]

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Christ the King; Christ the Sacrifice

Feast of Christ the King Luke 23:35-43 The Second Book of Samuel furnishes the first reading for this feast, marking the close of the Church’s year. The two books of Samuel […]

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Mother Alfred and Women Religious

My new hero is Mother Alfred Moes. I realize that she is not a household name, even among Catholics, but she should be. She came on my radar screen only […]

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When Reentry is Rocky

I recently returned from a beautiful pilgrimage to France, but unexpectedly brought home a stomach bug to my beloved family. Talk about a bumpy reentry to ordinary life: from Lourdes […]

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Taylor Swift, Miscarriage, and the Discussions We Too Rarely Have

In every life, there comes a moment where we find ourselves brought to our knees, a moment when we are immersed in something tragic and personally gutting, and our questions […]

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Triumph in Loving God

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 21:5-19 The Book of Malachi is the source of this weekend’s first reading. Malachi was not a proper name for a person in ancient Israel. Rather, […]

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Seeking the Spiritual Side of Dementia

The possibility of suffering from dementia later in life is a worrisome and unpleasant prospect for many of us. Most people I know would like to remain in possession of […]

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No Cell Phones, No Problems: Saluting the Digital Minimalists

It started with news from Camp Wapo, the Bible camp I’d attended as a kid. The camp counselors in Amery, Wisconsin, enforce a strict no cell-phone policy: Ditch your iPhone […]

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Why Not Love Them Both?

“Why not love them both?” has been a message of the pro-life movement for many years, expressing a commitment to both the unborn child and his or her mother who […]

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Life is Short, Afterlife is Forever

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 20:27-38 This weekend, observed as the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church presents as the first reading a section from the Second Book […]

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Watching ‘The Crown’

What would it be like to watch your life play out on the small screen, episode after episode? It’s something I’ve been thinking about while watching Season 4 of “The […]