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How the language of mercy speaks to sadness

If only spring fever swept over us more often – spring fever viewed, that is, as an increased sense that life is good. Energized...

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Finding inspiration for faith renewal in Lent

"Loving others is a spiritual force" that draws people closer to God, Pope Francis wrote in 2013, his papacy's first year. In this way,...

Like the Holy Family, real families can still strive for holiness

Family life gets a little messy at times. Did I say "a little"? Often families need only wait an hour or two for the...

Parenting: A lifetime commitment for our adult children who still need...

Parenthood always is a work in process. There always seems to be something more and something genuinely important for parents to consider in raising...

Brian Doyle’s sacramental sense shone through his writing

"Sometimes we are starving to see every bit of what is right in front of us," Brian Doyle wrote in a prose-poem that appears...

Pope Francis shows us that forgiveness translates into merciful love

Imagine a society where forgiveness is so rare that virtually no one ranks it among the essentials of a life lived well and pursued...

‘Laudato Si’ tells us: Everything is interconnected when caring for the...

"Everything is interconnected." Those three words serve as a key to unlocking the purpose of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical "Laudato Si'" on the urgent...

‘Ecclesiam Suam’ challenges us to dialogue in a polarized world

Polarization rules the day in our times, it commonly is claimed. Its strong walls, supported by misgivings, misunderstandings and fears, block individuals and groups...

Advent Week 2: This year we ask: where can God be...

Long months of the vicious COVID-19 pandemic preceded the arrival of this year's Advent season leading to Christmas. Neither Advent nor Christmas in 2020...

‘Fratelli Tutti’: Pope Francis’ new encyclical presents a formidable challenge

The social encyclical Pope Francis released in October extends a formidable challenge to us all, the challenge to create "a different culture." What kind...

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