Commentary

Conscience and grace: A Lenten meditation

Lent calls us to embrace the humility of the Gospel publican and confess that we have sinned, knowing that God’s mercy can heal what is broken in us if we cooperate with his grace. 
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The Oblate Sisters of Providence: An American story

In responding to the call of their teaching mission, the Oblate Sisters nurtured the minds and souls of black folk, the very elements of black existence white society routinely denied.
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Can blessed automobile be auctioned?

Father Doyle answers a question on whether blessed objects can be sold.
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Three cheers for Lucas

In a week dominated by the Winter Olympics and news of partisan combat (of course) in Washington, D.C., I am transfixed by the contagious smile of one little boy named Lucas Warren.
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Lesson in love

In the wake of the death of her brother-in-law, Rita Buettner encourages readers to build a legacy of love.
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Men without conviction, churches without people

Christianity is dying in western Europe. But the Gospel has power, and those who believe that, and preach it in the conviction that it can transform and ennoble lives, can still get a hearing.
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In praise of Catholic caregivers

It is important that Catholics remain confident in answering the call to serve while also upholding the beliefs that have been handed down to us by Christ.
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The best Lent ever

When we look at Lent as the herald of a new springtime in our spiritual lives, then, I would hope, Lenten practices would no longer seem like unwelcome intrusions into our comfort. Rather, they are harbingers of hope for a more Christ-centered way of life.
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A boy and his dog

I think it’s fair to say that my dog saved my life. I would come home from grade school at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Essex. Our little apartment was empty. My father was absent. My mother was working. My older brother and sisters were either in school or at work. But my dog,...
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Amen: Boring in eye of beholder

When we choose to stay in our own little world, it’s not because we are hateful or uneducated or racist. Some like the hustle, bustle and skyline. I’ll take the calm, rolling hills and serenity. 
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Straight to heaven?/ Responsibility for grandchildren

Father Doyle fields questions about going to heaven and the responsibility for taking care of the faith of grandchildren.
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Say ‘yes’ to God’s plan

As we look at the New Year ahead of us, it’s impossible to know what opportunities and challenges we will encounter during the next 365 days. We have no choice but to say yes to all of it, even the unknowns.
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