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Prayer box taps into spiritual hunger

Prayer box taps into spiritual hunger

| Christina Capecchi | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The box went up on a Monday evening in August, a plain white box nestled inside a little wooden tent, mounted atop a fence and beneath the outermost reach of a maple.

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A cure for election overload, a quest for peace

A cure for election overload, a quest for peace

| Christina Capecchi | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s almost as if November’s Mass readings were written for election-weary Catholics, with their foreboding tones and calls for “perseverance” and “endurance” amid distress.

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Listening at the keyholes: how to love better, learn more

Listening at the keyholes: how to love better, learn more

| Christina Capecchi | October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

When two 20-somethings slung a wire across rooftops in Boston, they were hoping to hear each other’s voices transmitted across that line. It worked, and they did, but in the process, they also picked up a far more exotic sound: powerful radio waves emitted from the sun.

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Dreaming of the Caribbean: adventures and homecomings

Dreaming of the Caribbean: adventures and homecomings

| Christina Capecchi | September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The phone call came when I was boiling sweet corn — suppertime on a hum-drum Sunday whose excitement peaked with a trip to the grocery store.

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Olympic inspiration: waiting for that unifying moment

Olympic inspiration: waiting for that unifying moment

| Christina Capecchi | August 2, 2016 | 2 Comments

On a national scale, it was a rough July, marked by division: shootings, protests, funerals, conventions.

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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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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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‘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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Comfort the shipwrecked: Titanic priest a model of mercy

Comfort the shipwrecked: Titanic priest a model of mercy

| Christina Capecchi | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Thomas Byles was 42 when he boarded the Titanic with his second-class ticket and portable altar stone. He had made arrangements with Captain Edward Smith to secure space on the ocean liner to celebrate Mass. Even on vacation a priest is never off duty, he knew, but the Catholic convert would have it no other way.

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Nun who kissed Elvis, ditched Hollywood and found her home

Nun who kissed Elvis, ditched Hollywood and found her home

| Christina Capecchi | March 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dolores Hart was 19 when she filmed her first movie scene: kissing Elvis Presley.

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Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

| Christina Capecchi | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Melina Birchem has uploaded 777 images to her Instagram account over the past two years: sushi, Starbucks, her new tattoo, rosary beads, cowboy boots. Sometimes the juxtaposition is jarring. A glowing monstrance, a chilled margarita. A snapshot from waitressing, a prayer journal documenting her consecration to the Blessed Mother.

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Tackling the new year one heroic minute at a time

Tackling the new year one heroic minute at a time

| Christina Capecchi | January 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Oprah Winfrey has joined Weight Watchers, which means she is not only a card-carrying, point-counting member of the weight-loss club, she is also part owner. That’s how you do it when you’re Oprah: You go big (“you get a car, you get a car, you get a car”) or you don’t bother.

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