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An education for kindnessCarolyn Woo

Like many, I enjoyed watching the video clips of Prince George starting school. I am taken, though, with the choice of school by his parents, one that departs from prior royal practices and entails a ...

Empathy: A Father's Day gift Carolyn Woo

While visiting with friends and family who work with the homeless population and elderly veterans, the conversation turned to how many of these men are estranged from their families. Some have had no ...

Who put Christ on the cross?Carolyn Woo

The crucifixion of Our Lord is almost always depicted in art showing the torture from asphyxiation on the cross, the nails, the wound made by the spear, the crown of thorns or the beating on the way to ...

Embrace our reality Carolyn Woo

In mid-January, my husband and I attended the New York Encounter sponsored by the lay Catholic movement Communion and Liberation. The theme was "Reality has never betrayed me," among the last words of ...

Retirement: An invitation for something moreCarolyn Woo

Hello. I feel like I should re-introduce myself to you as I have just finished my five-year term of service at Catholic Relief Services and now write to you in my status as "me" and not president and ...

Respond to God's gifts with love Carolyn Woo

Last month, I went on a weeklong silent retreat to address a nagging concern. I felt heavy guilt for how I could be enjoying my life when there are profound deprivations and unspeakable suffering. Catholic ...

Rethinking Thanksgiving after the Year of MercyCarolyn Woo

This year, Thanksgiving week starts right after the formal conclusion of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. How do we incorporate what we have gained from the prayers, talks, readings and reflections that ...

Stark statistics and hopeful responses Carolyn Woo

To address the bishops of the U.S. mission dioceses on the topic "Economic Structures and Poverty," I spent a month poring over 300 pages of articles and reports, and I ended up reconnecting myself to ...