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Entering the mind of protestersFather Eugene Hemrick

As I am writing this, the sound of protesters at the Supreme Court, outside the Senate buildings and in front of Sen. Mitch McConnell's house is filling the air outside my apartment. The loud shouting, ...

Usury, a concealed evil snake, even todayMichael Pakaluk

Here's something that happens in the development of science all the time. A general law is set down and regarded as universal, without exception. But then it is discovered that what used to be thought ...

The Catholic Church and freedomMichael Pakaluk

''Commercial republics, marked by political and economic liberty, better than any other form of political economy, have lengthened the lifespan, lifted from poverty, and enlarged the range of human choice" ...

A call to provide relief and assistance to the Haitian peopleCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

On Sept. 6, I was able to visit Haiti to meet with Cardinal Langlois of Les Cayes, to survey the challenges now confronting the Haitian people and to express the solidarity of the Archdiocese, home to ...

St. Therese, your teacher and mineMichael Pakaluk

''Everyone realizes that today something surprising is happening." So said Pope John Paul II back in 1997, when, at a Mass for World Missions in St. Peter's Square, he proclaimed St. Therese of Lisieux ...

Guard the netEffie Caldarola

When my daughter Maria was a senior in high school, the girls' hockey coach asked her to be the goalie for the team. This might seem a reasonable request except for one thing: Maria didn't play hockey. ...

What (or who) gives?Maureen Pratt

My delight in earning a graduate degree in theology this spring has given way to a desire to downsize. I'm not planning to move but am eager to simplify my life and give many things away, good things ...

The face in the mirrorEffie Caldarola

When my granddaughter Alice was just months old, she would lie on a blanket, surrounded by a plastic toy structure that had colorful objects hanging from it. When the structure was jiggled, things would ...

Prophetic voices for our timeMichael Pakaluk

If a prophet like those of Old Testament times were to visit human society today, what would he criticize us for? How would he urge us to change? Or perhaps we have been sent similar prophets but have ...

The first point of faithMichael Pakaluk

We say it so often and so quickly that we may not even appreciate what we are saying, "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and of earth, of all things, visible and invisible." Found ...