Taking our rebirth seriously

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There is so much to take in over Christmastide, with all its feasts and images — not to mention the temporal responsibilities undergirding “the...

Elizabeth and the Commonweal

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England’s longest reigning monarch has been mourned, acclaimed, and properly buried. Although the airwaves were replete with solemn remembrances, wistful memories, and in-depth scrutiny...

The tilt of the world

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Being older, I can confirm that the playgrounds of my childhood were somewhat less safe than those at present, and one encounter with a...

‘Take comfort, My people’

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"Take comfort, my people” (Is 40:1) is a common enough phrase during the Advent season, but there is no reason why this divine directive...

No quarantine for grace

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In our current trial, in which anxious people are isolated from their normal routines — including attendance at Holy Mass — we have a wonderful teaching moment to reiterate what the Catholic...

The classroom writ large

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Three of my children are now parents, and they are to varying degrees intrigued with the Montessori philosophy of child rearing. While I didn’t...

Tension without Tension

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The mother as a bridge between generations is as firm a sign of the Church as any that exists, for she is called to...

The power of small courtesies

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In 1982, sociologists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling introduced the “broken window theory” in The Atlantic Monthly magazine, suggesting that when small acts of...

A precarious balance

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Somewhere in our childhood, surely, we encountered the image of a trick rider, who managed to stand on the backs of two racing ponies...

Heaven is a personal encounter

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Quite recently, I happened across a catechetical video from quite a large Catholic apostolate which included a segment asking people about what they imagined...

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