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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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A pro-life opportunity

A pro-life opportunity

| Greg Erlandson | April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Pro-life includes sensible gun control.”

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A daydreaming believer

A daydreaming believer

| Greg Erlandson | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

I often follow along in my missalette the words of the entire Mass, not because I am pious but because I am a chronic daydreamer. Looking at the words on the page and thinking about them can keep me focused … for a while. But then something sends me off again.

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Doggone it, kids are great

Doggone it, kids are great

| Greg Erlandson | March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

My wife and I have taken to watching the population boom of dogs in commercials. Have you noticed they are everywhere? Dogs are the new children, but better groomed.

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Our angels and demons

Our angels and demons

| Greg Erlandson | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural address after being elected president, saw the looming inevitability of civil war. In that first talk to the nation, he emotionally appealed to his divided countrymen to not become enemies nor “break our bonds of affection.”

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Racial healing and God’s mercy

Racial healing and God’s mercy

| Greg Erlandson | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

In 1961, there was a best-selling book called “Black Like Me.” It was the story of a journalist named John Howard Griffin, who changed his skin color from white to black and traveled through the South so that he could learn, as the book’s subtitle said, “what it is like to live the life of a Negro by becoming one!”

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Resolutions for 2018

Resolutions for 2018

| Greg Erlandson | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Now as we contemplate when to take down the tree and who will take down the lights, it is time to focus on the year ahead, which of course means another to-do list: creating New Year’s resolutions.

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