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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.

Cemeteries: ‘Thin spaces’ that evoke communion of the saints

One summer, my husband and I did something we didn’t do when we lived in Alaska: we took road trips throughout 48 states. And...

Motherhood: A vocation that grows and changes

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

Care for creation: A moral issue and a Catholic issue

Catholic News Service   You need look no further than the rising sea waters threatening Miami or the erosion of coastal Alaska, where entire villages must...

Three pillars, three saints

Catholic News Service The three pillars of Lent -- prayer, fasting, almsgiving -- enrich our spiritual life during this penitential season. But they can also...

New ways to give alms

Catholic News Service The word "almsgiving" has an old-fashioned ring to it. It calls to mind a Charles Dickens novel, a street urchin begging from...

Ways to pray during Lent

Catholic News Service "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." These words are from Scripture, in 1 Samuel, Chapter 3. The young boy Samuel, the future...

Lent as a pilgrimage

Catholic News Service When the comedian Stephen Colbert appeared, one Ash Wednesday, on his late-night television show with ashes marking his forehead, I felt a...

Too busy for God?

Catholic News Service How does a busy person find time for spiritual growth? Sometimes, we feel like a perpetual motion machine -- kids, sports, jobs, day...

Scripture in times of crisis

Catholic News Service  Desolation and crisis come to all of us in life. Sorrow, depression, addiction, anxiety and loss are part of the human condition....

A new kind of New Year’s resolution

Catholic News Service Many of us own those wristband devices that record how many steps we take in a day. We're told that 10,000 steps...

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