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Breaking Up With Your Phone

I’ve been emailing my friend Becky, a newspaper editor in South Dakota, about our growing desire to unplug. We used to compare notes on … more

Flowers for Mary: Finding Beauty in the Backyard

Janet Easter is experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions as she arranges a bouquet in her backyard, and she is unfazed. “I’m having contractions, which is hilarious,” she says, stripping … more

A Scratch-And-Sniff Stamp for an Ailing Business

The numbers don’t look good for the U.S. Postal Service. Last year it reported its sixth straight annual operating loss, in the amount of $2.7 billion. During fiscal year 2017, the USPS delivered … more

Oh, Susanna! The Poetry and Pro-life Power of Baby Names

The big news from the Social Security Administration is the ousting of a champion: Liam has dethroned Noah as the nation’s most popular boy name. That was the headline of its newly released … more

Telling Our Stories and Knowing for Sure

When Oprah Winfrey was first asked the question, the talk-show queen was left tongue-tied. She was doing a live television interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel to promote her film … more

The Art of Slow Living: When Calligraphy Becomes Prayer

Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: She would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also … more

‘I Sold Them Life’: Learning From the Angel of The Gap

Little did he know what a noble purpose awaited him when Don Ritchie settled into a house on Old South Head Road back in 1964. The former Navy seaman and retired salesman was eager to soak in the … more

Waltzing on Ice: On Crisis and Community

When it came time to interview prospective sailors for his expedition across Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton had clear-cut criteria. He had to pick the right men for his journey to the bottom of the … more

On Cracked Knuckles and Self-care: a Resolution for 2018

The themes emerge predictably. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we gravitate toward the biggies: get healthy, get organized, get a life. We vow to travel more, read more, save more and … more

The Art of Giving, the Challenge of Advent

Oprah Winfrey sings and claps when presented with the $69 lunch box that makes her 2017 “Favorite Things” list. “I looooove!” she belts out in mock falsetto. She doesn’t need to … more

No Baby But Still Giving Thanks

Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. “I’d be in an antique store buying little trinkets for the wedding decorations, and I would be asking strangers: … more

Hurricane Harvey and the Kayaking Priest

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest had been visiting his brother and had to pull over on an overpass three miles … more

Lead With Beauty: Evangelization and the Solar Eclipse

The rain fell heavy on a Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man wearing a Saturn … more

Priest Holes and History Lessons: Embracing Our Ancient Faith

Nicholas Owen was canonized 364 years after his death. Such is often the case with the Catholic Church, charged with curating a 3,000-year treasure trove of saints and stories, rovers and … more

History and Humility: an Old Man’s Plea to Young Adults

The old man with the typewriter would like a word with us texters and tweeters: Don’t be a blockhead. David McCullough’s bestselling new book, “The American Spirit,” takes up a cause he … more

A Big Win for the Little Guy

Art Cullen has his gripes about Catholicism, but he cannot deny its influence on the work that last month won him a Pulitzer Prize. The story went viral: Small-town newspaper editor beats out the … more

Evangelization by Hitchhiking: How to Find an On-ramp

The place infants nod off and teens open up is also where road-weary adults will probe their spirituality: in the car. That’s the secret behind a new religious community, the Little Poor Friars … more

‘Greater Horizons’: Tending to Each Other and Our Common Home

The old farmers used to say you should leave a field better than you found it. Sometimes that called for heavy lifting. Other times it just meant picking up a rock as you crossed and placing it at … more

Angels Among Us: How Helping Leads to Healing

Spend a day in a surgery waiting room and you’ll witness a hundred quiet acts of mercy. Strangers gather for a host of reasons with a common cause: to sit beneath the slowest clock and wait it … more

The Pursuit of Happiness in the New Year

Don Currey was a 30-year-old graduate student when he cut down the world’s oldest tree. A brown-eyed, sun-tanned geography student at the University of North Carolina, Don was striking in his … more
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