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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.

Give the Lord the day and ask God to help you...

Psalm 30 tells us a great deal about morning: "At dusk weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing." Everybody loves a...

‘Discipline’ gave Holy Cross Father LeRoy ‘Clem’ Clementich 96 healthy, productive...

When Clem first arrived in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1993, some might have mistaken him for a senior citizen. A Holy Cross priest, Father LeRoy Clementich...

Among the generous attitudes of Americans should be an effort to...

When we first moved to Omaha, Nebraska, 10 years ago, my husband was in a store's parking lot trying to squeeze a purchase for...

Parenting: With teens, community, youth ministers, affirmation can make a difference

It was Aug. 31, 1997. My teenage daughter was flying home from World Youth Day in Paris. That same day, Princess Diana was killed...

Some good news — Yard by yard, life is hard; inch...

Ready for some good news? Who isn't? Just a quick look at headlines during the past few days is sobering. With our first cup of coffee...

Dwelling on past sins prevents us from exploring God’s desire for...

When my granddaughter Alice was just months old, she would lie on a blanket, surrounded by a plastic toy structure that had colorful objects...

Alice McDermott’s writing reminds us that each ordinary life tells an...

By the time you reach Page 4 of Alice McDermott's stunning book, "The Ninth Hour," a man is speaking the words of the "Hail Mary"...

Torture is always intrinsically evil and can never be justified

Torture was back in the news in February, as if we needed the gruesome reminder. "60 Minutes" ran a graphic piece on the torture...

Jesus demonstrates lightheartedness should be part of our faith journey —...

My friend Sam, 7 years old, lived on a tree-lined street in an old neighborhood. One day, when out playing, Sam (name changed to protect...

Can’t sleep? ‘Don’t worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of...

When I was a little girl, my dad would tell me, "Don't take your troubles to bed with you." I was an inveterate worrier....

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