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As with spring, Christ’s light shines through our winter

Posted on March 31st, 2015

Effie Caldarola Columnist Effie Caldarola see the emerging signs of life and light illuminating her spiritual darkness, and dispelling it.

The seedlings of spring bear lessons for life

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Maureen PrattMaureen Pratt has her seedlings off to a good start. Their growth has her thinking of how all good things grow, and how weeds also can arise.

How to lighten up without acting like a child

Posted on March 24th, 2015

Erick RommelErick Rommell knows the difference between a child’s cuteness and an adult’s creepiness. But to stay youthful, it’s important to balance sober maturity with childlike joy.

By the fire pit, recalling love via the prodigal son

Posted on March 20th, 2015

Effie Caldarola hopes her children would always welcome each other in love and mercy, no questions asked, in imitation of the parable of the prodigal son.

An idea: Get the poor to where the jobs are

Posted on March 17th, 2015

Jesuit Father William Byron thinks a public-private partnership to offer free transportation for able-bodied workers to ready job sites could ease poverty in Philadelphia and other cities.

Whose life is it? The illogic of physician assisted suicide

Posted on March 13th, 2015

We don’t choose the circumstances of our birth and we are never completely in control of our lives. To claim we are the master of our own lives doesn’t make sense, and neither does suicide, writes Sister Constance Veit.

National Catholic journals unite: ‘Capital punishment must end’

Posted on March 10th, 2015

The editors of four national Catholic publications cited Archbishop Chaput’s recent statement and those of other prelates and governors in condemning use of the death penalty. Read the full editorial here.

When special-needs child arrives, it’s all hands on deck

Posted on March 9th, 2015

In their Marriage Matters column, Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain examine the case of how a wife struggles with her husband’s avoidance of their infant son born with birth defects.

Exploring the pope’s vision for women in the church

Posted on March 5th, 2015

Whether in marriage, business or church life, women want to be partners, not subcontractors, writes Carolyn Woo.

Truth under fire: What is a lie, and what is a mistake?

Posted on March 5th, 2015

Father William Byron is in the forgiveness business, so he hopes NBC News anchor Brian Williams can return as a newscaster, and not become another ethics lesson.

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