Guest Bloggers

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Wisdom in Wonderland

“Once upon a time,” said kind Uncle Chestnut, “we were all little children and we lived in a place called wonderland.” Looking up from the book of fairytales that he was reading for the umpteenth time, he smiled sadly at his nephew. “The problem...

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Reflecting on the Gift of Motherhood with Danielle Bean's Latest Book

“I registered my youngest son for recreation league basketball today, and it was so very weird.” So begins Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood, by Danielle Bean (Ave Maria Press, 2020). The copy I have already...

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Students Make History at the March for Life

Nearly every year of Simone Kelly’s life, she attended the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, California, with her family. As the president of her high school’s pro-life club, she was intimately involved in the planning of the trip. This...

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6 Bishops on Their Favorite Saints, Spirituality

I asked six diocesan bishops in different parts of the United States about saints they’re devoted to and recommendations for the average layman on developing one’s spiritual life. Here are the thoughts they shared:   Bishop Michael Barber of...

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“Who is My Mother?” — Jesus and the “Familial Church”

Mark 3:31-35 (RSV) And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him. [32] And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.” [33] And he...

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3 Mysteries of the Epiphany, for the Time After Epiphany

The Second Sunday after Epiphany has my favorite readings in the whole liturgical calendar. You might be asking, what is the Second Sunday after Epiphany? In the old, pre-Vatican II liturgical calendar, the one that the Extraordinary Form of the...

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What Alzheimer’s Can Remind Us of

When my grandmother came to live with us because she suffered from the middle stages of Alzheimer’s, we made jokes to ease some of the day to day sharpness of having her forget basic things; “Every day, you meet new people,” “Every day, you get...

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Chef Franco Lania: “Without My Faith I Would Not Have Pushed On”

A native of New Jersey and raised Catholic, Chef Franco Lania turned to cooking as a teen to move his life in a positive direction. This, along with his strong faith, led him to cook around the world and eventually to start his own travel...

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How This Catholic School Welcomes Children with Down Syndrome

When the students and faculty of Holy Family Academy in Manassas, Virginia, attend this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., their group will include children with Down syndrome. It’s an important pro-life statement: in the United States,...