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Uprooting the weeds in our spiritual lifeElise Italiano Ureneck

I recently became a first-time homeowner. After renting for nearly three decades, I have immediately recognized the blessings of this status change. For starters, my husband and I have the opportunity ...

Till we have faces Elise Italiano Ureneck

My husband and I don't have cable, a choice made in part to spare ourselves from the punditry served up by cable news shows. However, I was visiting family members who do have cable when the CDC released ...

The grace to bloom where we're plantedElise Italiano Ureneck

Last month, Major League Baseball announced that it would honor Lou Gehrig, the famous New York Yankees first baseman, on June 2. The date has a double meaning in Gehrig's life: In 1925, it marked his ...

Coronavirus gives newlyweds opportunity to focus on sacrament Elise Italiano Ureneck

''I finally understand why he compares heaven to a wedding feast," I whispered to my husband as I looked out at the faces of the guests at our reception. "I wish I could live in this moment forever." I ...

Letter to my post-quarantine selfElise Italiano Ureneck

To my post-quarantine self: I'm writing to remind you of how things were during the COVID-19 pandemic, to chronicle some lessons you learned, and to remind you of the kind of change you wished to see ...

Our Christian calling and social distancing Elise Italiano Ureneck

The advent of the novel coronavirus has set into motion so many unprecedented actions and effects that it's hard to keep track or make sense of them. "Can you believe it?" is a refrain I find myself ...

Waiting well during AdventElise Italiano Ureneck

While I can rattle off a long list of positive things about being raised in the Northeast (the quality of bagels, access to cultural events in big cities and proximity to the ocean top the list), an honest ...

The regrettable episode with Greta Thunberg Elise Italiano Ureneck

Unless you were sleeping last month, you probably caught at least a glimpse of the newsmaking 16-year-old Swede, Greta Thunberg, on her U.S. tour. While on American soil, the environmental activist addressed ...