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Lessons from a COVID-19 infectionGreg Erlandson

Experiencing COVID-19 these days brings to mind the scene in "Ben-Hur" when the lepers are proclaiming themselves "Unclean! Unclean!" People compare COVID-19 to the flu, which, in many cases, is pretty ...

The lethal tenderness of the death doctors Greg Erlandson

By the time Dr. Jack Kevorkian was put in prison for second-degree murder, he had helped an estimated 130 patients kill themselves. The first person he "helped" was an Oregon teacher suffering from Alzheimer's ...

When our children leave the faithGreg Erlandson

Once upon a time, you may have prayed for your darling child to become a nun. Odds are you never prayed that she become a none. Gallup reported earlier this year that church membership by Americans has ...

A retirement project like no other Greg Erlandson

"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness." -- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, "Don Quixote." What should a retired philosophy professor who ...

When tomorrow is a day too lateGreg Erlandson

The human tendency to postpone and procrastinate is at times breathtaking. It can also be fatal. Now that Americans are starting to believe that COVID-19 variations can be more efficiently lethal, hundreds ...

Appreciating the gift of the Mass Greg Erlandson

Fresh from his 10-day stay in the hospital, Pope Francis dropped a Friday bombshell when he released his document, issued "Motu proprio," restoring, and in some cases adding to, the Church's restrictions ...

Advice for avoiding the 'rotten fruit' of our digital ageGreg Erlandson

The Eighth Commandment is taking a beating on the internet. So is the Fifth. Lying and defaming are no longer sins. They are clickbait. The crisis of fake news and media manipulation is starting to get ...

The stories we tell, the lessons we learn Greg Erlandson

When I have reunions with my brothers and sisters, at some point we start telling stories about growing up. Invariably, we will remember events, good and bad, from different perspectives. We each tell ...