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Debt, sustainability and solidarity

Debt, sustainability and solidarity

| Jason Adkins | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we commemorate the passing of one year since Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si’” (“On the Care for Our Common Home”), it is worth reminding ourselves how the pope’s representation of Catholic social doctrine through the lens of “integral ecology” can help us address some of the most challenging socio-political problems of our day, especially as we evaluate candidates in this election season.

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Men, think you don’t need help? Jesus showed otherwise on Calvary

Men, think you don’t need help? Jesus showed otherwise on Calvary

| Jeff Reither | July 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

In January, I was on a men’s retreat in the Boundary Waters and had to leave early for a family emergency. My 6-year-old son Isaiah, who had a congenital heart defect and other serious health issues, was admitted to the hospital for his 50th — and last — time. He died the following Friday while holding my hand.

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Whatever priest’s posture, eucharistic prayer about God

Whatever priest’s posture, eucharistic prayer about God

| Father John Paul Erickson | July 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

A few weeks ago at a liturgical conference in England, the cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, created quite a stir by enthusiastically and publicly advocating for the widespread use of “ad orientem” within the Catholic Mass beginning this coming Advent.

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Thomas Aquinas and the art of making a public argument

Thomas Aquinas and the art of making a public argument

| Bishop Robert Barron | July 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

There is, in many quarters, increasing concern about the hyper-charged political correctness that has gripped our campuses and other forums of public conversation. Even great works of literature and philosophy — from “Huckleberry Finn” and “Heart of Darkness” to, believe it or not, Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” — are now regularly accompanied by “trigger warnings” that alert prospective readers to the racism, sexism, homophobia or classism contained therein.

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What George Washington and Pope Benedict have in common

What George Washington and Pope Benedict have in common

| Christina Capecchi | July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve been listening to Lillian Cunningham’s “Presidential” podcast, trying to glean insights into our nation’s earliest leaders. In a month that is sure to contain fireworks — from the Fourth of July to the Republican and Democratic conventions — it feels quieting and introspective to cast my mind back to our first presidents.

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Stepping out of comfort and toward spiritual maturity

Stepping out of comfort and toward spiritual maturity

| Justin Kortuem | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Don’t we all love just a little bit of comfort? We reminisce about the things that bring us comfort: the food our mother made as a child, sitting outside on a warm summer day — and waking up before the sunrise on a Saturday morning for a men’s group.

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Everyone is called to be a witness

Everyone is called to be a witness

| Jason Adkins | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Church in the United States will once again observe the Fortnight for Freedom June 21-July 4. This two-week period is an opportunity for the whole Church to pray, study and reflect upon the great gift of religious freedom — our first, most cherished liberty.

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Working locally for peace could have global impact

Working locally for peace could have global impact

| Father Erich Rutten | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

This spring, I was given the great gift of a 10-week sabbatical in Jerusalem and Israel — the land of the Bible. It was absolutely amazing to walk in the places where Jesus walked. It was an enormous grace to be able to tangibly honor the sites of his ministry, death and resurrection.

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To bake is to believe: A convert in the kitchen

To bake is to believe: A convert in the kitchen

| Christina Capecchi | June 9, 2016 | 2 Comments

Staci Perry bakes like she lives. She doesn’t measure. She works with what’s already in the fridge. And she scrapes every last bit out of the bowl.

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How does school choice benefit me?

How does school choice benefit me?

| Shawn Peterson | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

For those without kids in school, it might be difficult to see why expanding parental choice in education is a policy goal deserving of widespread public support. After all, one might ask, how does it benefit me?

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‘A word to fiancés’: The Francis effect on wedding planning

‘A word to fiancés’: The Francis effect on wedding planning

| Christina Capecchi | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

It had been a long Thursday, and Brooke Paris couldn’t wait to take off her heels, peel off her contacts and wipe off her make-up. She changed into her pajamas, climbed into bed and opened her MacBook to the pope’s new apostolic exhortation.

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Year of Mercy enhances annual rosary procession

Year of Mercy enhances annual rosary procession

| April 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pilgrimage is an apt image of Christian discipleship. Indeed, the earliest disciples were known to be “on the way.”

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