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Coronavirus gives newlyweds opportunity to focus on sacramentElise 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 self Elise 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 distancingElise 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 Advent Elise 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 ThunbergElise 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 ...

Miracle at Lanciano Elise Italiano Ureneck

I was 12 years old when my family took our first trip to Italy. We spent a good portion of time visiting my father's cousins in Abruzzo. On a walk one afternoon through the town of Lanciano, a group of ...

Notre Dame raises our eyes aboveElise Italiano Ureneck

On April 15, I joined countless numbers of people whose eyes were glued to the live video of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames. As with other events of mass destruction -- like 9/11 and the Boston Marathon ...