Guest Commentary

One man’s meat

Learning to speak and write clearly is essential to success in all the disciplines that young people are flocking to these days.
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Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

Rather than "Thou shalt not" as its battle cry, the church can offer a genuinely positive vision of "the joy of love," a holistic understanding of sex and intimacy for a society increasingly despairing about both.
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A photographic year in review

Kevin J. Parks shares some of his favorite visual memories from 2018.
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A new St. Nicholas to gather us to hearth and home

Perhaps we need a new, albeit very different, St. Nicholas. Someone who recognizes our poverty, a poverty of attention and time, and can fill our homes and hearts with something far more valuable than more screens and chocolate coins.
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Children of all ages

Kevin Parks, Catholic Review visual journalist, reflects on some recent assignments that bring the preciousness of life and joy into focus.
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Say an Ave there for me

What many Americans may still not realize is that Ireland is embracing the culture of death with a zeal and gusto that few other countries -- even traditionally secularized ones -- would be so foolish as to imitate.
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Path for reform goes through Rome

Rome does indeed move slowly, but the U.S. bishops, who are clearly feeling the pressure from their people, are committed to applying pressure of their own.
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Meeting two worlds

My trip to Israel this summer made me aware that everyone’s world is a world dependent upon a single perspective — formed by a single definition of “normal.”
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Getting real about our challenges

We need a church that recovers what it means to be a family, a family that can disagree and argue passionately about things, but also that loves one another.
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A smile and a handshake

My encounter with the Holy Father reminds me that the Holy Spirit is working in small yet profound ways.
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One thing leading to another

Bigmindedness looks at the connection between present concerns and future consequences, reminding us that one thing leads to another and to take seriously what that other might be.
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Oktoberfest carries new meaning

A visit with his aunt leads Catholic Review visual journalist Kevin J. Parks to discover more about his German heritage.
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