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Appreciating the gift of the MassGreg Erlandson

Fresh from his 10-day stay in the hospital, Pope Francis dropped a Friday bombshell when he released his document, issued "Motu proprio," restoring, and in some cases adding to, the Church's restrictions ...

Advice for avoiding the 'rotten fruit' of our digital age Greg Erlandson

The Eighth Commandment is taking a beating on the internet. So is the Fifth. Lying and defaming are no longer sins. They are clickbait. The crisis of fake news and media manipulation is starting to get ...

The stories we tell, the lessons we learnGreg Erlandson

When I have reunions with my brothers and sisters, at some point we start telling stories about growing up. Invariably, we will remember events, good and bad, from different perspectives. We each tell ...

Going buggy with Brood X Greg Erlandson

When I first learned of the imminent arrival of the 17-year cicadas, Brood X according to those who name such things, it brought to mind my years in the Midwest. There, the whir that accompanied their ...

Caring for mom as mom cared for meGreg Erlandson

There is a particularly unexpected twist in the saga of many families when the child suddenly starts acting the parent and the parent resembles the child. It is not a welcome transition, reversing roles ...

One year later, measuring our gains and losses Greg Erlandson

One year ago, I left my office for what I thought was a few weeks. Soon, I was wearing gloves to the grocery store and sanitizing the groceries when I got home. Spring was a time of fear and high alert. At ...

How badly do we want to return?Greg Erlandson

What if you were a Catholic who had not seen a priest in 60 years? What if you had not seen a priest in one year? Jesuit Father Anthony Corcoran was visiting an old folks' home in the former Soviet republic ...

Them's fighting words! Greg Erlandson

When Father Angelo Bianchi, a wonderful Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions missionary, married my wife and me, he gave us some bad advice. Oh, it sounded good at the time. "Don't ever go to bed ...