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  • Daughter of famed American writer joined Jesus on the peripheries

    Daughter of famed American writer joined Jesus on the peripheries

    Every believer has his or her own story, and the story of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s daughter Rose is especially compelling, especially under a pope who’s calling us to join Jesus on the peripheries. Rose went to the forgotten and suffering, and she let her sorrow build a bridge of compassion and selfless service to others. By this way of life, Rose’s faith was able to give her comfort and consolation.

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  • To realize pope’s vision, it all comes down to the parish

    To realize pope’s vision, it all comes down to the parish

    Pope Francis has called on the Church today to be the field hospital for a bruised and hurting world. In terms of whether the Church can pull it off, here’s the bottom line: The acceptance and living out of the invitation will depend on the parish.

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  • 'Perhaps it is true'

    The anger of some Crux commenters surprised me when I first wrote for this website. Yes, website comment sections are part of the Internet Wild West. But Crux is a Catholic site, a religious site geared toward believers. I was writing about Catholic spirituality, not Donald Trump. So how come

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  • In forgiveness, a glimpse of the divine

    In forgiveness, a glimpse of the divine

    It is rare to meet someone who’s lived the words Christ said on Good Friday from the cross: “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” But such a person is Tina Chéry of Boston. She has forgiven the man convicted of shooting and killing her 15-year-old firstborn son

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  • It's all about a love affair

    It's all about a love affair

    For 25 years I wrote a newspaper column. Friends and family routinely critiqued what I wrote, politely saying little if they found a particular column ridiculous. For the past 18 months, I’ve written a column for Crux. Those same chatty friends and family — some Catholic, some lapsed, some not

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  • A pep rally for Catholicism

    I “lived my Cursillo,” as we newly minted Cursillistas put it, last weekend at a retreat house outside of Boston. Call it a pep rally for Catholicism. Lots of songs, jokes, laughing, crying, hugging, eating, and listening to poignant stories of powerful faith made more powerful through Cursillo. We started Thursday

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