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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.

First week of Advent: Initiate your game plan

"Stay awake." With this terse command, the Gospel of Matthew begins our season of Advent on Sunday, Dec. 1. How rich and rewarding will be...

Advent is a new beginning for all — Effie Caldarola

It was a chilly March night in a small Midwestern town. Maybe it was windy, because in my memory the Great Plains are always...

At the table of Jesus, it’s the presence that matters most:...

You’re having a dinner party. You’re in the kitchen. The pasta water’s boiling, the salad needs tossing, the table needs setting. The guests have arrived,...

A little bit country: Top-notch musical program can help fill the...

My husband’s father and my mother came from diverse backgrounds. My father-in-law grew up in an East Coast urban tenement with his Italian immigrant parents....

Its a great big world: Thoughts on humility — Effie Caldarola

I grew up near a small town that had a big Labor Day weekend celebration. For a farm kid, it rivaled Christmas for excitement....

Spiritual support on the road to recovery from addiction

Pope Francis described the church as a "field hospital," and Father Thomas Hoar, who has worked with individuals with addiction at St. Edmund's Retreat...

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...

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