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Prayer of repentanceEffie Caldarola

Lord Jesus, Lent presents me with the opportunity -- and the obligation -- to examine where my life is modeling your example and where I am failing to help bring about the kingdom of God. Help me to ...

Our Most Common SinFather Ron Rolheiser

Classically Christianity has listed seven sins as "deadly" sins, meaning that most everything else we do which is not virtuous somehow takes its root in one these congenital propensities. These are the ...

A higher greatnessMichael Pakaluk

Kevin Dolan was laid to rest two weeks ago Friday after a funeral Mass in St. Paul's Cathedral, Worcester. His life like so many things associated with Christ was both mystery and paradox. Twenty years ...

Plan for LentEffie Caldarola

When my son and his male cousins headed to college, my daughter's gift to them was a colorful book called "A Man, a Can, a Plan," by David Joachim and the editors of Men's Health. Clever and presumably ...

Faith and SuperstitionFather Ron Rolheiser

The power of a subordinate clause, one nuance within a sentence and everything takes on a different meaning. That's the case in a recent brilliant, but provocative, novel, The Ninth Hour, by Nina McDermott. ...

The debt we oweEffie Caldarola

In Omaha, Nebraska, where I live, we have a feature writer in the local paper who covers the stories of refugees in our city. Her most recent article featured the trials of a family from Congo who spent ...

Overcoming the Divisions that Divide UsFather Ron Rolheiser

We live in a world of deep divisions. Everywhere we see polarization, people bitterly divided from each other by ideology, politics, economic theory, moral beliefs, and theology. We tend to use over-simplistic ...

'Great pain for survivors'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

[Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement Jan. 20 after Pope Francis's response to a journaalist in which he defended the 2015 appointent of Bishop Juan Barros to lead the Diocese Osorno ...

Can You Lose Your Vocation?Father Ron Rolheiser

Recently I received a letter from a man who shared that he was still deeply haunted by a story he'd heard in grade-school many years before. One of his religion teachers had read them a story about a ...

Moral authoritiesMichael Pakaluk

There is an unavoidable circularity in ethics. We decide whether a teaching is correct, based on the life of the person who teaches it, but we also decide whether a manner of life is praiseworthy, based ...