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Crisis of children at border is a challenge to love

Posted on July 18th, 2014

We have an opportunity to show our love, not our indifference, to some of the 50,000 children who have been stopped at the U.S. southern border, says Father Gus Puleo, an archdiocesan pastor in Norristown.

Stretching your mind while hitting the road

Posted on July 18th, 2014

Maureen Pratt suggests families take a road trip together this summer, for the adventure of it, for the time for long talks and for noticing things we often miss in our busy days.

The family isn’t obsolete

Posted on July 18th, 2014

The Hobby Lobby court decision is just one example of the enduring power of family, writes Stephen Kent. One way to keep the family strong, he believes, is to make family dinners together a priority.

Finding inspiration, not envy, on social media

Posted on July 18th, 2014

Finding the healthy balance between alone time and doing things with friends can be a challenge for today’s teens, writes Erick Rommel. That’s because they are constantly seeing what other people are doing at every moment, thanks to social media.

Crisis in U.S. result of Central American desperation

Posted on July 16th, 2014

Violence in Central America and the lack of jobs and education are why thousands of parents are sending their children north in the belief they would be safer in the U.S. A guest editorial argues that U.S. funds should address the migration’s root causes, not its symptoms.

A guide on how to believe

Posted on July 11th, 2014

A recently published document by the Vatican deserves everyone’s attention, not just that of theologians, writes Stephen Kent. The practical tome on “spiritual instinct” can be useful as sincere Catholics wrestle with today’s questions.

A letter from the past, a lesson for the present

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Karen Osborne unearths a letter from her 16-year-old self to her 30-year-old self and finds that life happened while she was busy making plans for something else.

Is God a cop or a midwife? Good question

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Columnist Effie Caldarola reflects on her relationship with God — as the rule enforcer or the guide toward new life — and what it means for how she lives her life.

On decriminalizing marijuana in Philadelphia

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Physicians and the pope are reminding us that marijuana is an evil to be rejected, and Jesuit Father William Byron reminds the City of Philadelphia that a proposed law allowing marijuana use should likewise be rejected.

Spouses trying to find that feeling again

Posted on July 8th, 2014

Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain know that even after a few years of marriage, a couple may notice “something is missing,” and they need help to invigorate their relationship. It can be harder for those in a second marriage and their blended families.

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