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A Lenten response to COVID-19Effie Caldarola

After visiting Philadelphia's spring flower show, my daughter and her five-year-old were returning home on the commuter train. Awareness of the new coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. was just seeping into ...

Make 2020 a year of forgiveness Effie Caldarola

As we trudge into 2020, a year that promises to be just as rancorous politically as the year we are ending, I find myself thinking about forgiveness. Not forgiveness as a meek act of acquiescing to evil, ...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: Dismissed and dissed?Effie Caldarola

Dorothy Day supposedly uttered that famous phrase, "Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily." Day, of course, now has her own cause for sainthood. And she was deeply devoted to ...

Your summer pilgrimage Effie Caldarola

Just about everybody has heard of the Camino de Santiago. Sometimes, it seems just about everybody but me has walked the Camino. I'm not sure I'll ever get there, but I'm thinking maybe it could inspire ...

A huge year for journalismEffie Caldarola

Journalism had a huge year in 2018. The profession whose task it is to shine a light on events has itself been in the spotlight. Is journalism a Catholic issue? Absolutely. It's a moral issue, a First ...

The need for apologies Effie Caldarola

When former first lady Barbara Bush died recently, memories of her good qualities abounded. In a culture where females are pressured to think a face-lift is just a matter of time and slimness is non-negotiable, ...

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 ...

Plan for Lent Effie 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 ...