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Persevering in prayerGreg Erlandson

The daughter of a good friend of mine died this week of a drug overdose. I had been praying for her for at least two years. I keep a list of people I pray for. I always hated the idea of saying, "You ...

Motown and the turbocharged ChurchGeorge Weigel

Detroit hasn't gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it's struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But the Church in Detroit is not ...

'ABCs of the Christian Life'Russell Shaw

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I've never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some people can't get enough of GKC. I can. Not that I haven't ...

Taking the dog for a walkJohn Garvey

We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children. She came when she was called and would lie respectfully ...

A population implosion?Richard Doerflinger

Remember when everybody worried about a "population explosion" filling the world with too many people? In the 1970s, this fear drove campaigns to legalize abortion and pour billions of dollars into birth ...

Grinding baseball wheelsClark Booth

Although its prominence has been irrefutable for at least 40 years now, the mid-season, non-waiver, dump 'em while you can still get something for 'em, trade deadline has never generated more sheer noise ...

Ecumenism, influence-envy, etc.George Weigel

Defending the indefensible is never pretty. Or so we're reminded by recent attempts from the portside of the Catholic commentariat to defend the madcap analysis of America's alleged "ecumenism of hate" ...

Men who gave their lives for othersDwight G. Duncan

Later this year, two American men will be beatified: Father Stanley Rother, who will be beatified in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23 as a martyr; and Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, who will be beatified in ...

1967 remembered IVClark Booth

It's seemingly become a staple of the fable; something, if you weren't around then, you might smile about and wonder why it was such a big deal. It was a different time, you see. Still, a simpler time. ...

Questions of competenceGeorge Weigel

It's a safe bet that 99.95% of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics have never heard of La Civiltą Cattolica [Catholic Civilization], a journal founded in 1850 by the Jesuits of Rome to combat the evils ...