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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.

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....

Follow the example of our elders and care for the earth...

In 1891, Pope Leo XIII articulated his vision of Catholic social teaching impacting the affairs of our world. Like Jesus, who entered the world...

We must acknowledge that this is who we are: Effie Caldarola

In 1919, a mob of several thousand people dragged a Black man named Will Brown from an Omaha courthouse. He had been accused of...

For those who have experienced a broken heart, Lent holds promise...

As we move through the second half of Lent, I keep returning to something I saw on Twitter: "Lent is a season for the...

St. Peter is a good figure to accompany our Lent —...

My faith-sharing group decided that we would each describe a person who inspires us. This could be a figure from the Gospels, perhaps a...

A Lenten meditation that calls to mind an examination of our...

Jesus, as I make the 40-day pilgrimage through Lent, I ask that my journey may always be at your side. My one Lenten goal,...

‘The Social Dilemma’ is must-see TV for those who want to...

My brother has been a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for decades. He's the guy who opens the church and brews the coffee for...

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