Reflections on Two Hundred Years of Herman Melville: Part II: Questing Souls at Sea by Leonard Engel

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"[W]henever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

Connecting Church and Labor by Clayton Sinyai

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Pope Leo XIII, in the encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891), saw that modern society was dividing into two classes: owners of capital, whose wealth consistently increased, and hired workers, who were pressed toward poverty by highly competitive labor markets.

Praying Is More Than Saying Words by Fran Salone-Pelletier

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It takes a lot of living and dying before one begins to understand the depth of prayerfulness. It means allowing God to be the up-lifter of what we think and carry deep within us.

Christ the King by Fr. Ryan Lerner

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The concern for the environment is about the creation that God has entrusted to us as stewards on behalf of others, on behalf of the entire human family with whom we share this world today and the unborn many who will one day live in it.

Rosary Catholics and a New Church by Hank Mattimore

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Relearning to pray the rosary, one bead at a time.

Breaking Hearts and Breaking Rules by Gene Ciarlo

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Can a sociological phenomenon as large as the Roman Catholic Church maintain unity and discipline, a common belief and practice, a collective agreement on teachings and expression of belief, and still remain faithful to the mind and spirit of its founder and center of focus, Jesus the Christ?

Editorial: A Culture of Encounter: On the Pastoral Letters of Bishop Mark Joseph Seitz

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In his two recent pastoral letters, the bishop offers a roadmap forward, founded on a culture of encounter, infused with the life of the sacraments, and expressive in the end of charity, justice, and hope.

We Live in a Safe Universe in Spite of Everything by Ed Burns

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Jesus knew that we were—and are—capable of betrayal and abandonment and treachery and cruelty. But he opted to stay with us anyway, to the point where he was willing to endure the mystery of evil itself.

Changes and Transformations by Rose Marie Dunphy

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Even if we feel we feel we have fallen short, while there is breath, there is always a chance to “redo” our life and live it to the fullest.

The World's Parish Priest: A Review by Dale P. Faulkner

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An eyewitness account of the conclave that elected Pope Francis in 2013.