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Pop stars can teach teens about teamwork

Posted on May 28th, 2015

Karen OsborneStars like Beyonce and Madonna are so big they use only one name. But hordes of talented people are supporting them, and Karen Osborne sees a life lesson in that.


What is that graduation speech really saying?

Posted on May 28th, 2015

Father William Byron, S.J.Father William Byron notices how commencement speeches presume that the good life is more a matter of having than being, of achieving rather than relating.


In gratitude for creation — and bird droppings

Posted on May 28th, 2015

Effie Caldarola What happens when bird feeders proliferate in the neighborhood? Effie Caldarola thanks God for the beauty of creation, while her husband cleans up the inevitable end result.


Lamentations for the Christians of the Middle East

Posted on May 26th, 2015

John GarveyColumnist John Garvey thinks the ancient Israelites would recognize the plight of today’s Christians in the Middle East, who are persecuted by a resurgent Islamic militancy.


Finance councils: Serving the parish as stewards

Posted on May 21st, 2015

Finance council members are “essential to the vitality of the parish,” and 114 such individuals attended a recent workshop to hone their skills.


In Baltimore, a lesson in blame

Posted on May 21st, 2015

Carole Norris GreeneColumnist Carole Norris Greene distinguishes the thugs from peaceable Baltimore residents, and acknowledges some bad cops among good police officers.


While hoping for Romero’s sainthood, learn from his life

Posted on May 21st, 2015

Father Gus PuleoFather Gus Puleo reviews the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero before his beatification May 23, the lessons of his martyrdom and the power of the living Word of God.


Four words that can make a difference

Posted on May 19th, 2015

Erick Rommel“I made a mistake.” If we all used those words more often, the world might be a happier place, says writer Erick Rommel.


Digging through life with the hands of Christ

Posted on May 15th, 2015

Effie Caldarola As people picked through the rubble after Nepal’s earthquake, Effie Caldarola got to thinking about the work of human hands and what they’re meant to do.


Papal letter on environment spawning ugliness already

Posted on May 13th, 2015

An editorial points out the shameful campaign against Pope Francis and his letter on the environment even before its release. Belittling the pope is wrong, and we’re better than that.


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