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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.

Modern miracles among us

Posted on January 13th, 2015

For most of us, giving is a season, and what we contribute comes from our abundance. However, there are special persons like Margaret Domashinski who give of the very substance of their lives.

Drop in abortions is Pa. prompts a dignified response

Posted on January 8th, 2015

Amy Hill writes that the 32,108 abortions in 2013 is the lowest number on record in the state. That’s good news, but we have a long way to go toward fully valuing human dignity.

The Francis effect in Cuba: What popes are supposed to do

Posted on January 8th, 2015

Father Gus Puleo sees the actions of Pope Francis in the U.S.-Cuba diplomatic breakthrough as those of a bridge builder, the literal meaning of the word pontiff.

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