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‘Pea toast’ and other sacrifices

We fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstain from meat on the other Fridays of the season, but it’s not much of a sacrifice to splurge on lobster instead of beef as a Lenten meal.
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One more benefit of Catholic schools

Catholic Schools Week always serves as a time to reflect upon the many gifts that those institutions give us: a solid education, a deeper faith and lasting friendships.
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East-side Samaritans

Catholic institutions in East Baltimore are working to help address the systemic problems that lead to poverty and homelessness.
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Gospel of Capra

This year the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” hit closer to home than ever for Managing Editor Paul McMullen.
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Combat disaster fatigue with compassion

Harden not your heart. Combat disaster fatigue with compassion.
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Teach your parents

Paul McMullen finds boundless inspiration from young people.
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I have seen the face of Christ

Many years ago, I read an essay that pointed out that the church – whose head is Christ – must have a dual nature: like Jesus, both divine and human. If the church were not human, it would not be riddled with sinners and all that sin brings into our lives; but if the church...
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‘You are precious; I love you’

We cannot simply say, “Have a nice day,” to someone who is clinically depressed, and expect that to change his or her situation. But we can learn to identify warning signs (see box) and get help for those who are hurting.
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Solitude and solace

After open-heart surgery, Paul McMullen’s gratitude is keener than ever.
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Mary, Mother of the Church

I heard that someone commenting on the new memorial said, “Isn’t there enough about Mary, already?” How can there be too much about Mary when she brought us Jesus?
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Protect children, each and every one

Those who turn a blind eye to the children  who are victims of human trafficking; young refugees from Afghanistan or Syria; or the young ones among us who do not have ample food, clothing, shelter and education, contribute to their neglect.
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Amen: Men of Letters

Reading Archbishop Lori’s pastoral letter on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's principles of nonviolence prompted Paul McMullen to consider his actions – and inaction – on issues of race and discrimination.
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