Guest Commentary

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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How can the church support young people during the ‘defining decade’?

Young adults today are navigating a defining decade of life with great hopes, big questions and constant transitions.
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About praising famous men

I wish we had a litmus test to identify the people who deserve our praise. But it won't ever be simple. We are all sinners.
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Goodness and virtue must not give way to violence and fear

It’s not so much a question of how can we change those who commit violent acts as it is a question of how can I live a virtuous and good and decent life in the midst of daily tragedies. 
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A year in review

At the start of a new year, let's take a moment to look back at some of those special moments from 2017.
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A saintly bishop and like a second father 

My father passed away back in 1988, when I was 24. As I looked back in my interactions with Bishop Curlin, I now realize that he was, in many ways, like a second father to me.
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Resolutions for 2018

If you are casting about for resolutions, or afraid you have too many of them, I have four suggestions that may save you either anxiety, guilt or both.
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Found in translation

It is beautiful, in fact, to get so close to the language of the early Church (even if it is the written and not spoken language) and to enter into the heart of God’s Word.
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Searches beyond Google’s capabilities

My mother was very good at teaching me to read the subtle signs of providence, and she got me very excited that this book that had been so magical for the reviewer was rediscovered in our library.
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A plea for our fellow Catholics

This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift.
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Why poetry matters

Richard Wilbur died last month. He was, Dana Gioia said, the finest poet of his generation and the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot. 
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Take action against gun violence

This year alone, over 13,000 people have died as a result of gun violence in this country. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 93 Americans is killed by guns each day based on data from the past five years.
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