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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.

Gifts of the Spirit: We need the gift of understanding more...

"I just can't understand ..." How often do we utter those words in consternation, confusion and anger during these troubled times? Often, what we don't...

New Year’s resolutions forgotten already? Easy, little things can add up...

At a New Year’s Eve party, someone asked everyone about their 2020 resolutions. Talk about deflating a celebration. Some people said they didn’t make...

Make 2020 a year of forgiveness: Effie Caldarola

As we trudge into 2020, a year that promises to be just as rancorous politically as the year we are ending, I find myself...

First week of Advent: Initiate your game plan

"Stay awake." With this terse command, the Gospel of Matthew begins our season of Advent on Sunday, Dec. 1. How rich and rewarding will be...

Advent is a new beginning for all — Effie Caldarola

It was a chilly March night in a small Midwestern town. Maybe it was windy, because in my memory the Great Plains are always...

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....

Its a great big world: Thoughts on humility — Effie Caldarola

I grew up near a small town that had a big Labor Day weekend celebration. For a farm kid, it rivaled Christmas for excitement....

Spiritual support on the road to recovery from addiction

Pope Francis described the church as a "field hospital," and Father Thomas Hoar, who has worked with individuals with addiction at St. Edmund's Retreat...

Church potlucks used to bring everyone, rich or poor, together

When I was growing up in a small Midwestern farm community, I was vaguely aware of rich folks. There were prosperous lawyers, business owners,...

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