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To mask or not to maskGreg Erlandson

I've been a bit puzzled about all the debate and outrage over wearing masks. I know some of it is weirdly ideological, but some of it seems to be a misunderstanding of why we have been asked to wear masks ...

Acts of bravery are the pandemic's grace notes Greg Erlandson

It is always impressive to hear the stories of people who rush toward danger when others are fleeing. Remember Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus? He lost his life when, without hesitation, he rushed ...

Reflecting on the before and after of the pandemicGreg Erlandson

I've been experiencing some weird side effects of the coronavirus pandemic. For example, the obsessive critiquing of television advertisements. They are now divided into two categories: pre- and post-pandemic. ...

An eighth corporal work of mercy Greg Erlandson

There are strange gifts wrapped in this terrible pandemic. Its horrors are known, even if they were not appreciated early enough by many. Yet, this stealth virus has held up a mirror to us all, showing ...

An opportunity not to be missedGreg Erlandson

I'd love to be writing about something other than the coronavirus crisis, but it is hard to think of any other event that has so transfixed our attention. It is as if the entire world -- well, maybe not ...

A crisis that may be an opportunity Greg Erlandson

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste," said former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. His adage came to mind as I surveyed the human and economic wreckage strewn in the wake of the coronavirus. Also known ...

Another infernal betrayalGreg Erlandson

Dante Alighieri's "Inferno" is still hell's bestseller. A masterpiece of medieval poetry and theology since it was published seven centuries ago, the "Inferno" traces the author's imagined trip through ...

Why we should care about the beloved Amazon Greg Erlandson

Pope Francis can be stubborn. If Americans are unlikely to care about Ukraine, as our secretary of state reportedly suggested recently, what is the likelihood American Catholics will care about the Amazon? I ...