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Poem: “Family package”

    Family package   By Patrick T. Reardon   I left my phone on the back seat of a taxi, and, when I borrowed one from a cornrowed woman, gap-toothed, the voice answering was my dead Mother telling me it served me right.   It was just a mistake, I said.   Your fault, she said from her ashes. You were wrong. You hurt your Father and me. When will you learn?   I learned…

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Essay: Being present…when apart

In Chicago, all public Catholic Masses have been cancelled for duration of the coronavirus emergency.  So, starting this past Saturday and Sunday, for the first time ever, all of the churches in the archdiocese are dark, open, if at all, only for private prayer. Although the liturgy isn’t available, the readings are, and the Gospel is…

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Book review: “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt

To be precise, it was the Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries that was the major “swerve” of European history — away from the church-dominated, faith-dominated, feudal Middle Ages and, ultimately, toward Modernity, a period that has included the Age of Reason, the Enlightenment and our present science-dominated, secular-centered, individual-centered times. As Stephen Greenblatt explains…

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