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How Catholic organizations are weathering the pandemic

How Catholic organizations are weathering the pandemic

| Greg Erlandson | July 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is no surprise that Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools and organizations have been profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. With unemployment impacting so many Catholic families, as well as the canceling of Masses and their offertory collections, many Catholic institutions and the communities they serve are in precarious shape.

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Mass in three dimensions once again

Mass in three dimensions once again

| Greg Erlandson | July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Have you started going back to Mass yet?

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This moment of judgment

This moment of judgment

| Greg Erlandson | June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’d be willing to bet that not many of us have watched a man die. Those of us who don’t go to war or work in intensive care units are not often witnesses to the last breath of another human being. We don’t see a lifeless body rolled over onto a stretcher, head dangling limply.

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To mask or not to mask

To mask or not to mask

| Greg Erlandson | June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’ve been a bit puzzled about all the debate and outrage over wearing masks. I know some of it is weirdly ideological, but some of it seems to be a misunderstanding of why we have been asked to wear masks in the first place.

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Acts of bravery are the pandemic’s grace notes

Acts of bravery are the pandemic’s grace notes

| Greg Erlandson | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is always impressive to hear the stories of people who rush toward danger when others are fleeing. Remember Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus? He lost his life when without hesitation he rushed into the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, to stop a mass shooter.

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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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An opportunity not to be missed

An opportunity not to be missed

| Greg Erlandson | April 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’d love to be writing about something other than the coronavirus crisis, but it is hard to think of any other event that has so transfixed our attention. It is as if the entire world — well, maybe not Florida — has been forced to take a 30-day retreat to contemplate what really matters.

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A crisis that may be an opportunity

A crisis that may be an opportunity

| Greg Erlandson | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” said former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. His adage came to mind as I surveyed the human and economic wreckage strewn in the wake of the coronavirus.

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A queen and two popes

A queen and two popes

| Greg Erlandson | January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Verisimilitude” is a $10 word that is quite handy these days. It means “giving the appearance of being true or real.”

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The fleeing nones

The fleeing nones

| Greg Erlandson | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

I grew up in a family of seven kids, which I considered a midsized Catholic brood. I knew families that could field entire baseball and even football teams. As a kid, I kept score of such matters and felt that Mom and Dad were lagging.

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The sin of anti-Semitism resurfaces

The sin of anti-Semitism resurfaces

| Greg Erlandson | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The world reacted with horror and outrage earlier this year when a town in Poland marked Good Friday with a ritual beating of a Judas effigy.

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Do we really believe in the Real Presence?

Do we really believe in the Real Presence?

| Greg Erlandson | August 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Pope Francis recently said that every time we receive Communion, it should be like our first time, it reminded me of a friend’s story.

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