Commentary

Yanny vs. laurel

Yanny vs. laurel is about how our senses can be tricked by subtle changes in acoustic frequencies, but it is also about how we have a strong desire to know what is true.
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What’s so funny?

God made us in his image and likeness, and humor subsequently became an important part of every human culture on earth. Our laughing granddaughter is only the most immediate reminder of the joy we are meant for.
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The need for apologies

It takes a humble, truthful and thoughtful person to acknowledge error publicly. It's both a gift to us, and an example we should follow.
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How to widen our hearts on Mother’s Day

The church counts on so many to "mother" its children -- women religious, teachers, nurses and catechists. Giving thanks for this wider vision of motherhood is a rich celebration of God at work in our midst.
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Mass attendance required?/ Questions on a mixed marriage

If one is seriously ill, is that person still required to attend Mass? Is a marriage still recognized by the Catholic Church if a priest isn't the officiant? Father Doyle has the answers in Question Corner.
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How do we know what a smile really means?

The simple smile is one of God's greatest gifts, but it is also a complex nonverbal way of communicating what is going on inside of us and how we relate to others.
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Sounding out the words

How wonderful that, even when life isn’t easy and we struggle to be all we can be, our Father is watching us with a divine love that is beyond understanding.
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Like Mary, we are all called

Our job is not just to do good things for God, but to allow God to do good things through us. That’s what Mary models.
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Michelle Wolf and the throwaway culture

One of the extraordinary but often overlooked qualities of a system of objective morality is that it is a check on the powerful and a protection of the most vulnerable.
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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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The church exists to evangelize

It’s not that most Catholics reject outright the call to spread the Gospel; it’s more that they decline to participate in it, often because they themselves have never been evangelized and adequately catechized.
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Haiti alumna’s story: 15 years later

I always knew I wanted a life of being immersed in other cultures, and one week in Haiti only completely confirmed this.
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