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“Unorthodox” and the Modern Myth of Origins

“Unorthodox” and the Modern Myth of Origins

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Unorthodox, a mini-series that debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, is the story of a young woman who escapes from her oppressive Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and finds freedom with a group of welcoming friends in Berlin.

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“Laudato Si” athwart modernity

“Laudato Si” athwart modernity

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

In preparation for my participation in a USCCB sponsored symposium for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, I reread the famous and controversial document with some care. Many of the themes that struck me five years ago stood out again, but on this reading I was particularly impressed by the pope’s sharply critical assessment of modernity.

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Nobody said it would be easy, but you can manage your kids’ screen use

Nobody said it would be easy, but you can manage your kids’ screen use

| Mark Pattison | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The theme song to the Disney Channel’s old “Phineas and Ferb” cartoon series proclaims, “There’s 104 days to summer vacation.” Parents are forgiven for thinking, “Only 104?” They haven’t see much difference between the end of classroom learning and vacation — at least this year.

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Cosmic tenderness in a time of quarantine

Cosmic tenderness in a time of quarantine

| Liz Kelly | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

My sister conveys to me this wonderful story about a well-to-do gentleman, who in his early retirement could be yachting through the south of France or golfing in Bermuda, but decides that he would like to perform some service for his community. He volunteers at a local hospital to be a “cuddler.”

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Equality of care

Equality of care

| Lynn Varco | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The unprecedented scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing efforts to provide critical hospital care have raised serious questions about rationing (limiting access) based on disability or age. Although, like everything else, health care is subject to the problem of scarcity, principles exist for determining the appropriate allocation of medical resources, especially during a pandemic.

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Invigorating symbols of the faith

Invigorating symbols of the faith

| Deacon Gordon Bird | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Behaviors are beliefs in action. Standards of evangelization are often set high for all of us in representing the faith we cherish and love. Whether we like it or not, so much is at stake for Catholics in articulating what we say about what we believe, and how we act upon our beliefs as Christians.

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An opportunity for Christian growth!

An opportunity for Christian growth!

| Tom Redman | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

One aspect of my new life that I miss due to the pandemic is being able to attend daily Mass at St. Victoria Catholic Church. It served as a wonderful opportunity to start my day out in prayer and happiness with friends including Father Bob and his dog Arlo.

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Why we can’t do evil even if good may come

Why we can’t do evil even if good may come

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is a curious and intriguing passage in the third chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, which in the context of the missive seems almost tossed-off, but which has proven to be a cornerstone of Catholic moral theology for the past two thousand years.

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One thing is assured

One thing is assured

| Kate Soucheray | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is no question that the time in which we are living is marked by uncertainty and fear.

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True productivity and embracing the void

True productivity and embracing the void

| Jonathan Liedl | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

What new language are you learning? Have you planted a victory garden? How many books a week are you reading?

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Reflecting on the before and after of the pandemic

Reflecting on the before and after of the pandemic

| Greg Erlandson | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’ve been experiencing some weird side effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘Keep that hope machine running strong’

‘Keep that hope machine running strong’

It started with the Italians, whose arias rose from the balconies. They were on lockdown, but their voices rang out down empty moonlit streets. Ballads, the national anthem, improvised ditties over the barking of dogs.

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