I Stand With the 1 Percent

Sometimes I envy professional athletes. They can grow fabulously rich by developing physical skills that leave the rest of us to marvel that someone of our own species can, say, run twenty-six miles in two hours and a few minutes. And sometimes I envy professional pundits, who earn their living by thinking...

Catholic Health and Wellness

(We welcome guest blogger Cheryl Dickow, whose upcoming book with Teresa Tomeo will be published by Servant Books in 2012.) The Path to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions I don’t get that. It seems to me that good intentions ought to be worth more than a ticket to hell. Having said that, I definitely get...

“Changed My Name”

In the canon of Negro spirituals, one of the most powerful is called Changed My Name; here’s the first verse: “I told Jesus it would be all right if he changed my name./ I told Jesus it would be all right if he changed my name./ I told Jesus it would be all right; I told Jesus it would be all...

Saint of the Day: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

From our popular Saint of the Day! Born in Grenoble, France, of a family that was among the new rich, Philippine learned political skills from her father and a love of the poor from her mother. The dominant feature of her temperament was a strong and dauntless will, which became the material—and the...

The Pain of Loss Can Be Clarifying

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin (and misattributed to Mark Twain and Benjamin Disraeli, among others) came home to me in a special way three weeks ago. My vibrant, fun, spontaneous, loving Latina sister-in-law died...

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