Guest Bloggers

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Pray For Your Priests by Name

Many of us Catholics remember to pray for special priests in our life — those who have administered the sacraments to us, the ones who gave us First Communion and Confirmation, the one who baptized us, married us, gave our parents last rites and...

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7 Religious Talk About the Habits They Wear

The religious habit, a sign of one’s commitment to Christ and His Church, is important to traditional religious communities. I asked seven members of such communities to talk about the clothing they wear.   Sr. Clare Matthiass, Community...

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Struggling on the Way of the Cross

I’m reading Mother Angelica’s book, Suffering and Burnout, in part because I need to learn how to cope with the lurking stress that comes with the everyday of a loved one’s cancer. It’s not so much that I’m always stressed or always suffering, or...

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St. Nicholas Owen, Builder of Secret Hiding Places for Priests

On March 22, 1606, St. Nicholas Owen, the Jesuit lay brother and carpenter extraordinaire, died under torture in the Tower of London. Owen, Fathers Henry Garnet and Edward Oldcorne, and lay brother Ralph Ashley had finally emerged from their...

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One Look Can Spark Great Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

The doleful eyes looking at the viewer from the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Sorrows in Quito, Ecuador, are unforgettable. She holds her son’s crown of thorns and three nails, her heart pierced with seven swords. That is my favorite picture...

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Catholics Should Be Wary of ‘Elite’ Colleges

Lately we’ve been hearing about a college admissions scandal and FBI raids of parents’ homes. But Catholic families may be being cheated by an even bigger fraud. The news is abuzz about indicted celebrities who abused the power of their wealth...

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“Unplanned” Plans to Change Hearts and Minds

How does one take an inherently unsympathetic character, and make the audience root for her? It helps when that character is Abby Johnson—a big-screen representation of the actual pro-life activist, based on the book she wrote about her own...

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A Catholic Perspective on the College Admissions Scandal

When the recent story broke about the widespread college admissions scam, it quickly became clear that there was no shortage of culprits. The parents received the most finger-pointing, and maybe that makes sense. After all, if academic success is...

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Catholic Lessons From the College Admissions Scandal

The college admissions fraud that was revealed last week brings up an important topic for Catholic families: what should be our priorities in the college search? Actresses, wealthy business owners and others are accused of acting desperately to...

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California’s Concern for ‘Innocent Humans’ Excludes the Unborn

California is on the right track where the death penalty is concerned. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that there will be a moratorium on executions was certainly good news for the 737 people currently on death row in the state. It was...