Guest Commentary

How to promote religious liberty

I’ve always suspected that at the root of the religious liberty controversies of the last few years is an inherent distrust or even disrespect for traditional religious beliefs.
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‘Do this in memory of me’

Memorial Day is an opportunity, as a nation, to remember and appreciate those who have died so that we might live ... freely.
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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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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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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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A great lady who was the first lady

Richard Szczepanowski, a reporter for the Catholic Standard in Washington, shares his personal memories of Barbara Bush.
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For Earth Day 2018 and beyond, say no to plastic bags

Earth Day 2018 urges us to reduce, refuse, reuse, recycle and remove plastic. Not just bags, but the single use plastics that are so ubiquitous in our society.
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Why Sister Jean and Father Rob matter

They are showing us a distinctively Catholic way of engaging with sport as an aspect of culture. This is characterized by what some have described as the Catholic "and."
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Uncut Diamonds: Priestly formation in an era of epochal change

When I arrived at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary as the rector three years ago, I thought I knew how to answer the question of how someone becomes a Catholic priest. I was wrong.
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