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Effie Caldarola, Cathoilc News Service

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Effie Caldarola writes for Catholic News Service from the greater Omaha area.

Church potlucks used to bring everyone, rich or poor, together

When I was growing up in a small Midwestern farm community, I was vaguely aware of rich folks. There were prosperous lawyers, business owners,...

Whether it’s Camino de Santiago or closer to home, consider giving...

Just about everybody has heard of the Camino de Santiago. Sometimes, it seems just about everybody but me has walked the Camino. I'm not...

An open prayer to God for clarity in discernment

Dear Lord, Sometimes the morning fog seems the perfect metaphor for my inability to see where you are calling me. How, through the mist and...

When small gestures can make large impact, how can you say...

So, you want to save the world? Yeah, so do I. At least, most of us want to do good, some giving that will make...

Motherhood grows and changes as our children grow and change, too

In 1916, Padraig Pearse was executed by the British for his role in the Irish Easter uprising. Pearse was more of a scholar and a...

After Easter, a question sprung from the garden: Effie Calderola

It was the Tuesday after Easter, and the priest who was celebrating Mass for our group of volunteers at an inner-city Jesuit middle school...

Consumption vs. conversion places emphasis on what really matters: Effie Calderola

By EFFIE CALDEROLA By now almost everyone has heard of Marie Kondo. Kondo is the attractive Japanese woman who has parlayed her penchant for decluttering into...

Gratitude journal is a great way to give thanks during Lent:...

Lent beckons, and that’s a good time to dust off my gratitude journal. If you want a run-down on all the ways gratitude can help...

Series on the Mass: Person to person, the body of Christ

Sunday Mass is crowded. Slowly, beginning in the front pews, people stand and head toward the altar. You know the moment. Everyone is lining...

Family Christmas creche reinforces a child’s recognition of Jesus: Effie Caldarola

My 4-year-old granddaughter Charlotte is allowed to play with her family Christmas creche. The figures are virtually unbreakable, and her folks don’t care if...

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