Tis the season (alas)

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I guess it all began shortly after the Fourth of July. But now that Halloween is over, the media blitz begins in earnest. It’s Christmas....

I guess we originally met at the intersection of …

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I have a fascination with my family history, particularly the Jolivet side. In my research, I find that in France it’s not too uncommon a...

What young people could most profit from hearing about Marriage

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Young people today experience various pressures and expectations that can make them anxious. In a recent essay, Professor Timothy P. O’Malley, of Notre Dame’s...

Handing down the faith at church

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How can parents pass their religion on to the next generation?  Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk, sociology professors at the University of Notre Dame and...

A Mother’s Day Past

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One of my favorite things to do is to buy family and friends gifts. I place great emphasis to get the giftee the perfect...

Rising From the Dead

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As they descend the mountain, Jesus tells the disciples that they may not speak of the Transfiguration until after the Son of Man has...

This feeder is for the birds

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I never knew the origin of the saying that something “was for the birds.” I knew it meant worthless or not to be bothered with,...

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...

What is the purpose of a homily?

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In my last column, I discussed the Pew Research Center’s recently released study entitled, “The Digital Pulpit: A Nationwide Analysis of Online Sermons,” which...

The Road Less Traveled

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The house is no longer there, the cottage where my grandparents, Kate and Pat Fallon raised five children, the oldest being my mother, Mary....

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