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The need for apologiesEffie 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 repentance Effie 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 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 ...

The debt we owe Effie 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 ...

Advent meditation: Joy during life's struggles and sorrowsEffie Caldarola

Rejoice always! Those words from St. Paul in Thessalonians reverberate through the ages, through prayer and song. Again, I say rejoice. This Advent, we take time to pray with St. Paul, one of history's ...

Life's unfinished symphony Effie Caldarola

Fall has arrived. A heavy fog hangs over the city like a damp blanket that someone took out of the dryer too soon. People love spring for good reasons: There's rebirth, renewal, the return of light ...

Father Edward Flanagan's legacyEffie Caldarola

The tall, good-looking priest had the craggy profile prompting the comment, "He had the map of Ireland written all over his face." Father Edward Flanagan was the founder of Boys Town, an innovative ...

'Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?' Effie Caldarola

A violent windstorm ripped through my town the other night, the kind that leaves you mesmerized yet humbled at your own powerlessness. A tornado wreaked damage nearby, with 76,000 homes left without power, ...