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A pro-life opportunityGreg Erlandson

''Pro-life includes sensible gun control." It was one among a forest of signs at the recent "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., that attracted hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, but it caught ...

A daydreaming believer Greg Erlandson

I often follow along in my missalette the words of the entire Mass, not because I am pious but because I am a chronic daydreamer. Looking at the words on the page and thinking about them can keep me focused ...

Doggone it, kids are greatGreg Erlandson

My wife and I have taken to watching the population boom of dogs in commercials. Have you noticed they are everywhere? Dogs are the new children, but better groomed. Pet food sales in the United States ...

Our angels and demons Greg Erlandson

Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural address after being elected president, saw the looming inevitability of civil war. In that first talk to the nation, he emotionally appealed to his divided countrymen ...

Racial healing and God's mercyGreg Erlandson

In 1961, there was a best-selling book called "Black Like Me." It was the story of a journalist named John Howard Griffin, who changed his skin color from white to black and traveled through the South ...

Broadening the pro-life witness Greg Erlandson

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor found himself on the headline side of a "man bites dog" story. The headline read: "Bishop will not attend March for Life in Little Rock." A bishop attending a pro-life rally: ...

Caring for 'the other America'Greg Erlandson

In the wake of Donald Trump's election as president, much has been made of the voters he attracted, usually identified as white, male, small town and rural, working class. While such statistical generalizations ...

Italian Xmas: Et tu, Santa? Greg Erlandson

Christmas in Rome is not exactly what one might imagine. In the few decades since I lived in Italy, that red-suited globalist Santa Claus has been growing market share. St. Nicholas and his Italian ...