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The good of gratitude

The good of gratitude

| Kate Soucheray | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

November is the month of gratitude, the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving and the beginning of the busy holiday season. All the year round, however, some people keep a gratitude journal, in which they focus on the positive aspects of their day, noting these events rather than focusing on what did not go well.

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Grandma remembers: the secret of 90

Grandma remembers: the secret of 90

| Christina Capecchi | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s become a four-generation tradition to head south of the Twin Cities and take in a small-town celebration of fall. Our route winds between soaring bluffs and a shimmering lake. It feels like a narrow passageway, a tunnel back in time.

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Move to meet people with love — even around the family table

Move to meet people with love — even around the family table

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Religion and politics. The two subjects you’re supposed to avoid in polite conversation.

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A view of the Amazon Synod

A view of the Amazon Synod

| Father Michael Johnson | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

To say that the Amazon Synod has caused a stir in the Church is an understatement. Twitter, the Catholic and secular media, and people in the parishes are talking about it. As I was teaching my canon law students about the Synod of Bishops, many questions and concerns were raised by them regarding what they had heard and read about the special session of the Synod of Bishops that was taking place concurrently with my class.

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The enduring value of celibacy

The enduring value of celibacy

| Father Carter Griffin | October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A few days ago, someone asked me in passing whether the “big meeting in Rome” — referring to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — would allow priests to marry. He, like many Americans, takes it for granted that the synod is a referendum on priestly celibacy. I am convinced it isn’t, but it is nevertheless a good moment to ask why, in the 21st century, we have celibacy in the first place. What is its enduring value?

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A dismaying start to presidential campaign

A dismaying start to presidential campaign

| October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The presidential campaign hasn’t even officially begun, and yet there is already reason to be concerned about some of the ideas being recommended by some candidates.

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Gift of self in marriage, family and fellowship

Gift of self in marriage, family and fellowship

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bundling takeaways from the fruits of a Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture that my wife and I recently attended reminded me that I should read the third chapter of Genesis — expulsion from Eden — more thoroughly.

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Everyday Emmanuel

Everyday Emmanuel

| Jonathon Liedl | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

You’re probably familiar with Narnia, C.S. Lewis’ setting for “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” where it’s “always winter, but never Christmas.”

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Our Lady of the Helium Rosary, pray for us!

Our Lady of the Helium Rosary, pray for us!

| Liz Kelly | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

At a recent retreat I led for a group of women outside of Tucson, Arizona, the women arrived, one by one, weary, worn out, spent with good works and hoping for the impossible. They brought with them an unusual heaviness; their burdens were exceptional.

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Palliative sedation while approaching death

Palliative sedation while approaching death

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Because suffering almost always imposes itself on us during life, and especially at the end of life, it can be helpful to reflect on the need to accept some personal suffering as we die, even as we recognize the importance of palliative steps and other comfort measures.

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An authentic Democracy

An authentic Democracy

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Those of us who have grown up within the womb of a democratic society may not always recognize how radical the idea behind such a society actually is, nor how fragile its structure can be in the face of strident claims regarding individual freedoms. Legalization of abortion, to focus on one of the most strident claims, corrodes the very pillars of our democratic society.

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