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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...

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....

When small gestures can make large impact, how can you say...

So, you want to save the world? Yeah, so do I. At least, most of us want to do good, some giving that will make...

After Easter, a question sprung from the garden: Effie Calderola

It was the Tuesday after Easter, and the priest who was celebrating Mass for our group of volunteers at an inner-city Jesuit middle school...

Consumption vs. conversion places emphasis on what really matters: Effie Calderola

By EFFIE CALDEROLA By now almost everyone has heard of Marie Kondo. Kondo is the attractive Japanese woman who has parlayed her penchant for decluttering into...

Bounty of the faithful comes at perfect time in Lenten season:...

It has been a hard winter in my part of the Midwest. Frigid temperatures, higher than normal snowfall, blustery Plains winds. One Saturday, a blizzard...

Gratitude journal is a great way to give thanks during Lent:...

Lent beckons, and that’s a good time to dust off my gratitude journal. If you want a run-down on all the ways gratitude can help...

It’s easy to kick a journalist, but the truth has never...

Journalism had a huge year in 2018. The profession whose task it is to shine a light on events has itself been in the...

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