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The last pilgrimMichael Pakaluk

''A man doesn't know what he has until he loses it," sings Joe Boyd, the middle-aged real estate salesman in the musical "Damn Yankees." Transformed into a young, superstar athlete -- "Shoeless Joe from ...

A Lenten response to COVID-19Effie Caldarola

After visiting Philadelphia's spring flower show, my daughter and her five-year-old were returning home on the commuter train. Awareness of the new coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. was just seeping into ...

Keeping the balance: Health and faithMaureen Pratt

The COVID-19 ("coronavirus disease 2019") situation began to unfold just as I was diagnosed with a significant flare of one of my autoimmune conditions and had to go on a very high dose course of prednisone, ...

The Church as a householdMichael Pakaluk

What seems an accidental confluence of books can be providential, which is perhaps the best reason for reading several books at the same time. Gregory of Tours, the late sixth-century bishop, perhaps ...

Cardinal's letter on ROE ActCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Following is the text of the letter Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley asked to be read at all Masses Jan. 18-19 urging Catholics to contact their legislators in opposition to the so-called ROE Act. As we proceed ...

Mysteries in our faithMichael Pakaluk

There seem to be two basic approaches that we can take to reality and our place within it. These approaches are exclusive, and we need to choose between them. Either (1) we are set on accepting reality ...

Make 2020 a year of forgivenessEffie Caldarola

As we trudge into 2020, a year that promises to be just as rancorous politically as the year we are ending, I find myself thinking about forgiveness. Not forgiveness as a meek act of acquiescing to evil, ...

An amazing journeyHolly Clark

I was working at a faith formation festival in my parish when I believe that the Holy Spirit descended upon me in a blanket of warmth and love. A voice said to me, "You are meant to be here, doing what ...

In praise of God's follyMichael Pakaluk

I want to convince you that folly is real, and that Christ gives us the remedy for it. Folly or foolishness is deplored by Our Lord. Remember the man who filled up his silos with grain, and planned on ...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: Dismissed and dissed?Effie Caldarola

Dorothy Day supposedly uttered that famous phrase, "Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily." Day, of course, now has her own cause for sainthood. And she was deeply devoted to ...