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A rosary for our nationGreg Erlandson

I've found myself praying for my country a lot these days. As a family, we remember to do so when we say grace at dinner. At other times -- usually after reading some terrible headline or seeing the latest ...

The Church's guidance for the Catholic voter Greg Erlandson

There is much to appreciate about working in the Catholic press, but every four years can become an occasion to think about a career change. Every four years, not coincidentally, is election time, and ...

What comes after the pandemic?Greg Erlandson

While we are still in the midst of the worst pandemic of the past century, with almost 200,000 people dead in our country alone, Pope Francis is thinking about what comes next. What do we do the day after ...

Can we disagree less disagreeably? Greg Erlandson

St. Paul was no shrinking violet when it came to arguing his position. Yet in the Letter to the Ephesians, he urges his readers to "to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility ...

Counting our blessings in the hard timesGreg Erlandson

A reader recently wrote asking me for more uplifting and hopeful subjects for my columns. She was responding specifically to a recent column I wrote on racism, which she called a "downer." I must confess ...

How Catholic organizations are weathering the pandemic Greg Erlandson

It is no surprise that Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools, and organizations have been profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. With unemployment impacting so many Catholic families, as well ...

This moment of judgmentGreg Erlandson

I'd be willing to bet that not many of us have watched a man die. Those of us who don't go to war or work in intensive care units are not often witnesses to the last breath of another human being. We ...

To mask or not to mask Greg Erlandson

I've been a bit puzzled about all the debate and outrage over wearing masks. I know some of it is weirdly ideological, but some of it seems to be a misunderstanding of why we have been asked to wear masks ...