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Communion lessonsGreg Erlandson

It is hard to believe that people once considered the Catholic press boring. At least when it comes to opinions, as opposed to news, it never lacks for controversy. Nothing is spared, from pope to priest ...

The miracle we share at every Mass Greg Erlandson

At their fall meeting, the bishops will have a chance to review, amend, and vote on a draft statement titled "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church." Much of the media coverage this ...

Lessons from a COVID-19 infectionGreg Erlandson

Experiencing COVID-19 these days brings to mind the scene in "Ben-Hur" when the lepers are proclaiming themselves "Unclean! Unclean!" People compare COVID-19 to the flu, which, in many cases, is pretty ...

The lethal tenderness of the death doctors Greg Erlandson

By the time Dr. Jack Kevorkian was put in prison for second-degree murder, he had helped an estimated 130 patients kill themselves. The first person he "helped" was an Oregon teacher suffering from Alzheimer's ...

When our children leave the faithGreg Erlandson

Once upon a time, you may have prayed for your darling child to become a nun. Odds are you never prayed that she become a none. Gallup reported earlier this year that church membership by Americans has ...

A retirement project like no other Greg Erlandson

"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness." -- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, "Don Quixote." What should a retired philosophy professor who ...

When tomorrow is a day too lateGreg Erlandson

The human tendency to postpone and procrastinate is at times breathtaking. It can also be fatal. Now that Americans are starting to believe that COVID-19 variations can be more efficiently lethal, hundreds ...

Appreciating the gift of the Mass Greg Erlandson

Fresh from his 10-day stay in the hospital, Pope Francis dropped a Friday bombshell when he released his document, issued "Motu proprio," restoring, and in some cases adding to, the Church's restrictions ...

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