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What if every life were precious?

What if every life were precious?

| Greg Erlandson | May 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion bill into law, she gave this simple explanation.

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Scary prayers that are good for you

Scary prayers that are good for you

| Greg Erlandson | May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

I have a short list of scary prayers.

Scary prayers are prayers where even the very words you say seem to convict you.

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What has been done and what we still need to do

What has been done and what we still need to do

| Greg Erlandson | May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Josh Shapiro, the attorney general for the state of Pennsylvania, has used the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral as an opportunity to write a column upbraiding U.S. bishops.

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What everybody didn’t know

What everybody didn’t know

| Greg Erlandson | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the Pennsylvania grand jury issued its report last August chronicling the sexual abuse cases in six Pennsylvania dioceses, everybody thought they knew the whole story. After all, this was a grand jury, and the attorney general of Pennsylvania was presenting its 1,356-page report to the world as evidence of a grand conspiracy by the leaders of the Catholic Church in his state to cover up abuse allegations and ignore victims.

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Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

| Greg Erlandson | January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the early 1990s, the famed mystery author P.D. James published “The Children of Men.” Set in the year 2021, it describes a dystopian world where the human race had become incapable of reproducing itself.

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The truth that set him free

The truth that set him free

| Greg Erlandson | October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I believe the Lord has put me here for this very moment. Throughout all of the pain, the Lord has never left me alone. He has continued to love me, heal me and still calls me to serve him.”

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Our hope remains in the Lord

Our hope remains in the Lord

| Greg Erlandson | September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

People ask how I can do my job as a Catholic editor and journalist these days without being depressed.

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Celebrating our technicolor glory

Celebrating our technicolor glory

| Greg Erlandson | July 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices (you can buy a palace for what a garage might cost elsewhere). Traffic (four drivers politely waving each other through at a four-way stop). Endless expanses of corn and soybeans (OK, those do get boring after a while, but they make current talk of tariffs affecting crop prices much more real).

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Cures for ‘chronic news funk’

Cures for ‘chronic news funk’

| Greg Erlandson | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

I have been a news junkie almost all my life. I’ve read a daily newspaper since grammar school, progressing from comics to sports to the front page. I was the first one in my family to get up in the morning, so I was the first to fetch the newspaper from the driveway.

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Final thoughts on the passing of Alfie

Final thoughts on the passing of Alfie

| Greg Erlandson | May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Alfie Evans was born on May 9, 2016. He died on April 28, 2018. For 16 and a half months, he was a patient of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. By the time he died, a good portion of the world was aware of his short life and the battle his parents waged to prolong it.

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A little boy meets a pastor

A little boy meets a pastor

| Greg Erlandson | April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

A remarkable video of Pope Francis answering a young boy’s deeply personal question was posted by Catholic News Service recently.

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