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Embracing simplicity in a time of economic hardshipElise Italiano Ureneck

Among my paternal grandmother's most memorable qualities, her ability to make a Michelin-starred meal out of whatever she found in the pantry tops the list. OK, the star is probably far-fetched, as ...

How we live our lives on and offline Elise Italiano Ureneck

A few months back I had the opportunity to speak with a theologian who is doing some serious thinking about the ethics of technology and its broader effects on our understanding of ourselves and our neighbors. Luis ...

Three pro-life advocates who led the wayElise Italiano Ureneck

Much has already been written about Justice Samuel Alito's leaked draft majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health case, set to be settled later this summer. While no outcome is certain, ...

How Tom Brady can inspire our Lenten discipline Elise Italiano Ureneck

Tom Brady has retired. Even as I write these words, I can still hardly believe it. The "greatest of all time" NFL quarterback's career began when I was 16. I'm now nearly 38. Since he was drafted, I ...

Uprooting the weeds in our spiritual lifeElise Italiano Ureneck

I recently became a first-time homeowner. After renting for nearly three decades, I have immediately recognized the blessings of this status change. For starters, my husband and I have the opportunity ...

Till we have faces Elise Italiano Ureneck

My husband and I don't have cable, a choice made in part to spare ourselves from the punditry served up by cable news shows. However, I was visiting family members who do have cable when the CDC released ...

The grace to bloom where we're plantedElise Italiano Ureneck

Last month, Major League Baseball announced that it would honor Lou Gehrig, the famous New York Yankees first baseman, on June 2. The date has a double meaning in Gehrig's life: In 1925, it marked his ...

Coronavirus gives newlyweds opportunity to focus on sacrament Elise Italiano Ureneck

''I finally understand why he compares heaven to a wedding feast," I whispered to my husband as I looked out at the faces of the guests at our reception. "I wish I could live in this moment forever." I ...