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Celebrating our technicolor gloryGreg Erlandson

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices ...

A family moment Greg Erlandson

"It is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them." Pope Francis may not have had a conga line in mind when he wrote these words in ...

How to get past the polarizationGreg Erlandson

In our belligerent times, there is a kind of in-your-face response to those of us wringing our hands about how divided our country is. Everything can't be the snowflake center, this argument goes. ...

Final thoughts on the passing of Alfie Greg Erlandson

Alfie Evans was born on May 9, 2016. He died on April 28, 2018. For 16 and a half months, he was a patient of Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. By the time he died, a good portion of the world ...

A little boy meets a pastorGreg Erlandson

A remarkable video of Pope Francis answering a young boy's deeply personal question was posted by Catholic News Service recently. It moved many viewers to tears. It also moved some Catholics to ...

A pro-life opportunity Greg 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 believerGreg 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 great Greg 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 ...