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

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...

Effie Calderola: Life is too short for family to forget to...

BY EFFIE CALDEROLA My husband and I raised three kids in Alaska. It was a great place to live, but it was a long way from...

Working together to support life

Angie Wingert has been part of the leadership team of the St. Wenceslaus Parish pro-life group in Omaha, Nebraska, for the past 15 years,...

Effie Caldarola: What’s a Catholic to do about latest scandal?

The charges leveled against a former cardinal, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, are sickening and almost unbearable to read. It's horrible enough that former seminarians...

Growing popularity of classical education

Any parent who ever grappled with the "new" math knows that education often falls victim to the latest trend. But one growing trend in Catholic...

A prayer for graduates

Dear Lord, It's hard to believe that I'm graduating. The years have flown by. I find myself consumed by so many different emotions: joy, fear,...

The impact of mission trips

Joe Young spent last summer on a mission trip to Magadan, a city in the Russian Far East, where an American priest serves a...

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