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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.

Prayer of repentance

Catholic News Service Lord Jesus, Lent presents me with the opportunity -- and the obligation -- to examine where my life is modeling your example and...

Anointing of the sick: Christ and the church shares in our...

Catholic News Service When we read Scripture, we marvel at the compassion that Jesus showed to the sick and suffering. Often, we read that Jesus...

Peace amid conflict

Catholic News Service At one time or another, we've all secretly yearned for the Madison Avenue version of Christmas. You know the one -- where beautiful...

Advent prayer of surrender: A meditation of Mary

Catholic News Service        Dear Jesus, Help me to be like your mother. Help me to be ready to surrender to your will. Place me with your mother...

Advent meditation: Joy during life’s struggles and sorrows

Catholic News Service Rejoice always! Those words from St. Paul in Thessalonians reverberate through the ages, through prayer and song. Again, I say rejoice. This Advent,...

Viewpoint: Life’s unfinished symphony

Catholic News Service   Fall has arrived. A heavy fog hangs over the city like a damp blanket that someone took out of the dryer too...

Viewpoint: Omaha site for three Abrahamic faith centers on a campus

  It’s not often that I visit a mosque. It’s more unusual to visit Omaha’s newest mosque and be directed to park in a synagogue’s...

Viewpoint: God, who knows each sparrow, is with us through all...

  A violent windstorm ripped through my town the other night, the kind that leaves you mesmerized yet humbled at your own powerlessness. Nearby, a...

How do we understand mysticism today?

Catholic News Service In the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome stands what art critics believe to be one of the great masterpieces...

What is spiritual direction?

Catholic News Service Have you ever sat down for coffee with a good friend and found yourself sharing a problem with her? This friend is...

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