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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....

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...

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...

Bounty of the faithful comes at perfect time in Lenten season:...

It has been a hard winter in my part of the Midwest. Frigid temperatures, higher than normal snowfall, blustery Plains winds. One Saturday, a blizzard...

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...

It’s easy to kick a journalist, but the truth has never...

Journalism had a huge year in 2018. The profession whose task it is to shine a light on events has itself been in the...

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...

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