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Marriage is not an ideal

Posted on January 29th, 2015

Russell Shaw writes that the choice of words describing Catholic teaching on marriage – is it a norm or an ideal? – may sound abstract but it has urgent implications.


Maintaining ‘hominess’ is the best way to counter homlessness

Posted on January 27th, 2015

A moment after Father Eugene Hemrick got a warm dose of cultural and family identity, he faced the absence of it watching homeless people. He wishes they shared his strong sense of home and connection.


Catholic schools save taxpayers $2.28 billion

Posted on January 27th, 2015

A new public database shows the money taxpayers spend on public education in Pennsylvania, but it doesn’t include the billions of public dollars not spent on children who attend Catholic schools.


Making sure our words and actions help, not hurt

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

Karen Osborne’s stint as a marathon volunteer may have been annoying, but to the runners her efforts were unforgettable. Life’s little moments of generosity make others, and ourselves, better.


Inoculating families to the virus of materialism

Posted on January 20th, 2015

Jesuit Father William Byron looks to the World Meeting of Families and sees that in our wealthy society, material abundance constitutes a threat to all families, even those of modest means, of becoming possessed by their possessions.


Nonviolence as the ultimate path to peace

Posted on January 20th, 2015

The words of Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount were heeded by Martin Luther King, writes Father John Catoir. They give encouragement to those who also remain steadfast in the fight against injustice.


The pinching of middle Americans

Posted on January 16th, 2015

Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain, in their “Marriage Matters” column, explore the consequences of a middle class family’s worsening struggles to pay their bills as they’re caught between the rich and poor.


Year of Consecrated Life: Time to thank God for ‘powerhouses of prayer’

Posted on January 14th, 2015

A visit to Camilla Hall of the I.H.M. Sisters reminds Ann Menna, especially during this year dedicated to religious women and men, that they continue to pray for everyone even if their active mission is over.


When a special child exceeds mom’s dreams

Posted on January 13th, 2015

Writer Cheryl Kehoe Rodgers is proud of her parenting skills, but she will never forget how her son broke through the limitations of Down syndrome — and what she thought was possible — to serve at the altar for Mass.


The message of reform behind the pope’s Christmas message

Posted on January 13th, 2015

Father Eugene Hemrick believes that in the seemingly harsh tone of Pope Francis message is a calling for a postmodern renaissance. He wants to lift our spirituality to new heights.


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