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Papal document shows mercy as medicine on life’s battlefields    

Posted on April 29th, 2016

Steven Bozza, director of the Office for Life and Family, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.Steven Bozza, director of archdiocesan Office for Life and Family, sees people’s suffering in certain family situations — as well as the truth of church teaching, given tenderly in love for families.

With a farewell comes a trove of lessons learned

Posted on April 26th, 2016

Karen OsborneAs a Generation X columnist, Karen Osborne has written for teens for 14 years. That column comes to an end now, but her advice for Millenials to look at the world with bright, new ideas will carry on.

Watch out for an ‘agenda’ in quote marks

Posted on April 26th, 2016

John GarveyJohn Garvey can’t help but notice, in reports on Southern states’ recent legislation, how headlines treat “religious liberty” as though it is a “so-called” liberty. He fears there may be more at work than punctuation.

Pope points out our responsibility to immigrants

Posted on April 22nd, 2016

Father Gus PuleoFather Gus Puleo sees in Pope Francis’ gesture of settling Syrian families in Rome an example of mercy and empathy for the “children of God who are refugees.” We must build bridges, not walls.

What Villanova’s shining moment means for enrollment

Posted on April 19th, 2016

Father William Byron, S.J.Villanova’s national championship might lead to more new students, writes Jesuit Father William Byron. If sports help stabilize enrollments at private universities, then even this St. Joe’s Hawk says, “Go ‘Nova!”

Seeing the world with the eyes of a child

Posted on April 19th, 2016

Father Eugene HemrickFather Eugene Hemrick looks deeply into what goes on in the minds of children captivated by God’s creation and goodness. To “become like children” takes our effort, reverence and a sense of awe.

Strong parents can help girls navigate a fetid pool

Posted on April 15th, 2016

Effie Caldarola Effie Caldarola has worries about the toxic and cruel social media swamp that girls are swimming in today. Parents must be their lifeboat, and actively raise daughters to become strong young women.

A friend’s journey home

Posted on April 14th, 2016

Moises SandovalMoises Sandoval reflects on the death of a friend, who believed one of the gifts Hispanic Catholics bring to the church is the ability to celebrate life, no matter how bleak and discouraging the times may be.

Confirmation is a ‘yes’ to life in the church, not ‘I’m done’

Posted on April 11th, 2016

Karen OsborneKaren Osborne wishes she had a nickel for every time she’s heard teens and parents vow it’s the end of church-going after confirmation. But the sacrament isn’t about leaving, it’s arriving at adulthood with God.

When nature reminds us of Easter’s promise

Posted on April 8th, 2016

Maureen PrattLast month Maureen Pratt saw the browned out effects of California’s drought, but by Easter, the valley had sprung into a lush, green landscape that served as a metaphor and sign of hope.

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