Guest Commentary

Grief and loss in the time of COVID-19

Grief is an unwelcome but inevitable presence in our lives.  And we will live through it.
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I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus — I think

What I came to learn during my confinement is that you don't have to have symptoms to be a carrier of COVID-19 and spread it to others.
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Finding healing after tragedy or loss

There is no predictable timing for healing from loss but there are things we can do to help ourselves get through that painful period.
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Our Christian calling and social distancing

The global phenomenon of imposed isolation provides an important moment to call to mind the many people who experience "social distancing" as a daily, lived reality -- most often not of their choosing.
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Coronavirus and ‘Hollywood Squares’

The novel coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, late last year has affected higher education like nothing I have experienced in my time as a university president.
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The black Catholic nun every American should know

As we celebrate women’s history month this March, I encourage every person to commit the name of Anne Marie Becraft and her revolutionary fight against slavery and racism in the American Catholic Church and nation at large to memory.
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Lenten silence amid turmoil

In the midst of trial and worry, we seek the intimacy of this powerful and mysterious force we call God. Let Lent open us to grace, to see the big picture, even if it’s impossible to imagine 15 Milky Ways.
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Why we should care about the beloved Amazon

The plight of the Amazon is a wicked problem demanding enormous resources and focus from a variety of countries, yet without certainty of the results nor the avoidance of unintended consequences.
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The Gift of St. Valentine’s Day

The stories surrounding the life of St. Valentine teach us that sacrifice is the ultimate gift that love demands of us.
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Black history is Catholic history

As we mark this 94th annual celebration of black history during February, I encourage all Catholics interested in justice, reconciliation and peace to commit to learning about the central place of black people in the church's long and complex history.
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Meeting God on holy ground

The revival of interest in the work of Fred Rogers indicates that our society yearns for the culture of respect and love of neighbor that he tried to foster.
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Letter to a failing heroin addict

In 40 years of working with the addicted, I have learned that these negative  behaviors block the positive power of grace.
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