Guest Commentary

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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Women’s History Month: The Daughters of Charity

Women's History Month is the perfect time to celebrate the legacies of the many congregations of women religious who pioneered health care, education and social services in the United States. 
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The day I thought a shooter was on campus

In a split second, the place that we called home could have become one in a list of many: Sandy Hook, Oklahoma City, Columbine, the World Trade Center, the Boston Marathon and now Parkland. It only takes one person with malicious intent to uproot and destroy lives.
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Prayer: Leading not into temptation

A 2017 neurological study suggests that we can lean on a key practice to give us the spiritual muscle to rise above temptations: prayer.
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The Oblate Sisters of Providence: An American story

In responding to the call of their teaching mission, the Oblate Sisters nurtured the minds and souls of black folk, the very elements of black existence white society routinely denied.
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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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