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The greatest stars, and the children they once wereDick Flavin

This is the time of year when we get special joys from watching the delight on the faces of young children and grandchildren. It brings us back to the days when we were young and the world seemed less ...

Recovering intimacy in a lonely worldGreg Erlandson

In the early 1990s, the famed mystery author P.D. James published "The Children of Men." Set in the year 2021, it describes a dystopian world where the human race had become incapable of reproducing itself. The ...

Lay collaboration and episcopal authorityGeorge Weigel

The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip, and speculation at the best of times -- and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of 2019 is typically fetid and sometimes poisonous, ...

I care, but not that muchDick Flavin

So there I was, in my usual Sunday afternoon position at this time of year, December 9, 2018 -- sprawled out on the couch with both feet up on the coffee table in front of me. I was watching the Patriots ...

The House of the Angel GuardianThomas Lester

On Jan. 1, 1874, Brother Eusebius, provincial of Canada and the United States for the Brothers of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, wrote to Bishop John J. Williams of Boston describing the terms under ...

A tough year aheadGeorge Weigel

2018 was a bad year for Catholics. 2019 is almost certainly going to be worse. Good reason, then, to reflect on two recent texts from the Church's Office of Readings. The first is from paragraph 48 ...

Prolife Prospects on Roe's 46th AnniversaryRussell Shaw

When thousands of prolifers turn out for the annual March for Life in Washington on January 18, four days before the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, many will march ...

Angels aren't just for ChristmasMichael Reardon

During the second week of Advent, we went as a family for our annual trip to pick out the perfect tree. Having purchased the tree from the same place for over a decade, we knew the drill -- park near ...

Bringing Christmas joy to children in needDebbie Rambo

As the Yuletide draws ever near, now more than any other time of year, we embrace the spirit of giving and answer the call to make every child's Christmas merry. At Catholic Charities, we will provide ...

The Leopoldine SocietyThomas Lester

I had the pleasure of speaking with one of our regular readers who informed me of a reference to the Leopoldine Society with which I was not familiar, and thought I would share some background on this ...