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Persevering in prayerGreg Erlandson

The daughter of a good friend of mine died this week of a drug overdose. I had been praying for her for at least two years. I keep a list of people I pray for. I always hated the idea of saying, "You ...

A Mass confusion Greg Erlandson

In professional Catholic circles, a tired joke that still makes the rounds goes like this: Q: What's the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? A: You can negotiate with a terrorist. Most ...

What does persecution look like?Greg Erlandson

In Terry Gilliam's 1985 dystopian film "Brazil," there is a scene where diners at a restaurant casually continue eating their meals while a terrorist bomb explodes nearby, taking out another table of ...

At life's end Greg Erlandson

My father-in-law died this past month. He was a good, hardworking man, an immigrant, self-taught and self-reliant. As is likely both the fear and the fate of many of us, he died in a hospital, tethered ...

'Amid the Fray': Dispatches from the frontGreg Erlandson

"Amid the Fray" is a curious sort of title for a column, don't you think? It seems a bit warlike, which is not really my intent. Rather, it is to suggest that we find ourselves at this moment -- as ...