Guest Commentary

Nothing is ‘normal’ after the death of a child

The day after Nick left us, I was sobbing uncontrollably, pacing the floor alone in my living room, when my husband was out. I screamed at God, saying, “How could you take my son? My son!! Why did you take him from me???!!!”
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No problem, just opportunity for Spalding group after Haiti mission canceled

The power of a person’s will to do good and to share love with others is something that should never be underestimated.
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A conversation about ‘Humanae Vitae’ may finally be possible

If 1968 was one of the worst years possible for "Humanae Vitae" to be heard, then 2018 may be one of the best. Let the conversation begin.
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Independence Day: Political tips from Charles Carroll of Carrollton

What might American Catholics learn in the year 2018 from the first important Catholic politician in the English-speaking portion of the future United States?
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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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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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