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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.

Safe, affordable child care, and community support and education the best...

I went to high school before Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to abortion and an absolute...

Effie Caldarola: How can I love more and be part of...

Our wounds and our hope A story about St. Teresa of Avila tells us that one day the devil appeared to her in the guise...

Effie Caldarola: Americans continue to struggle to grasp the ideal of...

Is America's collective teeth grinding an indication of its happiness level? A Twitter user mentioned how badly she grinds her teeth in her sleep. A...

As we enter Easter season, we need hope more than ever...

Like life itself, Lent starts out nice and slow. And suddenly, Easter is upon us. There may have been a Lenten midway point, or maybe...

Effie Caldarola: ‘Salome followed Jesus as the truth unfolded at the...

Remember that old saying, born of frustration: "If it's not one thing, it's another!" A friend's kids turned that into a way to tease her:...

Third Sunday of Lent: Music can bring us closer to Jesus...

Sometimes we don't "go" to prayer, but prayer comes to us. Maybe a sunrise, a poem, a location becomes an experience of a thin place,...

‘Cannonball moment’ of St. Ignatius brings life out of the darkest...

The weather was nasty as I hunkered on a Saturday morning over my computer with a cup of cocoa. Rain, wind and icy shards...

The Beatitudes: Peace starts with us, but it must start within...

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Mt 5:9). When Jesus said this as he spoke from the hilltop, what...

A fish story can include strengthening of faith, reinforcement of brotherhood...

Best fishing story of January: A small group of fishermen and an Irish fishing association stopped the Russian navy from conducting war games in...

Confront the complexity of history, and fear those who want to...

The book, "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families," is at once both stunning and horrifying. Searching for...

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