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Life's unfinished symphonyEffie Caldarola

Fall has arrived. A heavy fog hangs over the city like a damp blanket that someone took out of the dryer too soon. People love spring for good reasons: There's rebirth, renewal, the return of light ...

Close the Distance not the GateFather Ron Rolheiser

Nobel-prizing winning author, Toni Morrison, assessing the times, asks this question: "Why should we want to know a stranger when it is easier to estrange another? Why should we want to close the distance ...

The Accountant meets The JokerMichael Pakaluk

You would not have thought that accountants could be turned into vicious killers. Aren't they the guys who figure out which depreciation table you should use for your car, or how to apply a homebuyer ...

Language as Opening or Closing our MindsFather Ron Rolheiser

Thirty years ago, the American Educator, Allan Bloom, wrote a book entitled, The Closing of the American Mind. This was his thesis: In our secularized world today our language is becoming ever-more empirical, ...

Father Edward Flanagan's legacyEffie Caldarola

The tall, good-looking priest had the craggy profile prompting the comment, "He had the map of Ireland written all over his face." Father Edward Flanagan was the founder of Boys Town, an innovative ...

Healthy and Unhealthy Fear of GodFather Ron Rolheiser

As a theologian, priest, and preacher, I often get asked: "Why isn't the church preaching more fear of God anymore? Why aren't we preaching more about the dangers of going to hell? Why aren't we preaching ...

A Prayer for StillnessFather Ron Rolheiser

Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done. As Blaise Pascal once stated, "All the miseries ...

DunkirkFather John Catoir

The movie "Dunkirk" is drawing large crowds as it tells the amazing story of the World War II sea rescue of 338,000 British soldiers trapped on the beaches of northern France. Eight hundred privately ...

Our Struggle with RichesFather Ron Rolheiser

A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life. He'd reached the age of 90 and was respected for having been both successful and honest. ...

God's Command to Kill the CanaanitesFather Ron Rolheiser

In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, shares very candidly about his long struggle with an addiction to alcohol. At one point in his life, he admitted his addiction and ...