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Easing burdens through technological temperanceElise Italiano Ureneck

When we speak about the burdens that people bear, we tend to reference what they "carry on their backs" or what's been placed "on their shoulders." When it comes to the hardships of today's children ...

Love means putting others firstMichael Reardon

Catholic schools do not always have the best facilities or the shiniest new materials, but there is one constant that makes a difference: students are put first, and they are loved. As one student recently ...

Rooting for the bad guysDick Flavin

Dear reader: For your own sake, please be sure that you are seated before reading this missive any further. I am about to admit to a dastardly deed, which brings me great shame. My only defense, weak ...

Giving thanks for Mike Pence at Thanksgiving George Weigel

I'll confess to some exasperation when, during the 2016 campaign, Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence described himself as an "evangelical Catholic." Three years earlier, I had published ...

The Pilot building is destroyed in the Great Fire of 1872Violet Hurst

This month marks 150 years since the Great Boston Fire of 1872, which killed 30 people, reduced Boston's commercial district to rubble, and caused nearly 75 million dollars of building and personal ...

My friend, TipDick Flavin

My friend Tip Thiboutot died on Oct. 16. He was 85 years old. Tip was a great pal and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. To be honest about it, he was a better man than I am -- by a wide margin. ...

Diminished bishops, the new ultramontanism, and the Synodal processGeorge Weigel

Thanks to the Franco-Prussian War, the First Vatican Council was suspended in October 1870 and never reconvened. Before its unanticipated end, Vatican I did important work: it defined the universal scope ...

Bread and Wine: What we bring to the Mass and how it changes usDr. R. Jared Staudt

The Eucharist is a great work of cooperation. We supply the matter -- the bread and wine, which is not simply natural material, but the produce of human work and culture -- that God then transforms into ...

Two visions of the ChurchRussell Shaw

Recently, without intending it, I found myself reading at the same time the latest document from the Vatican's Synod office and "The Diary of a Country Priest" by Georges Bernanos. The juxtaposition ...

In business for the common goodGreg Erlandson

Catholic entrepreneurs have an imposing defender in Andreas Widmer. Think business guru Peter Drucker wielding a halberd. The 6-foot-9-inch ex-Swiss Guard is an entrepreneur, teacher, and enthusiastic ...