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  1. The Empty Exalted Cross's Paradoxical Power

    Andrea Peecher, ND MTS student, draws on ancient sources to explain the meaning of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

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  2. Discernment for the Postmodern Condition

    William Watson, SJ, director of the Sacred Story Institute, explains how discernment can help us navigate an age of cultural meltdown. 

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  3. The Hazards of Online Faith-Writing

    Amy Welborn, author of over two dozen books on Catholic spirituality, warns about the dangers of burnout in faith-writing.

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  4. An Eschatology of the Secular

    Jordan Haddad, Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology at Notre Dame Seminary, explains the eschatological nature of the laity.

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  5. Christ and Digital Media

    Aaron Riches, Assistant Professor of theology at Benedictine College, liturgically deconstructs the acceleration of images in the digital age.

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  6. Long After the Prodigal Son's Return

    Leonard DeLorenzo, faculty member at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, engages Abigail Favale's memoir to reimagine the period long after the Prodigal's return. 

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  7. Jesus Reveals God in Hiddenness

    Ben Wilson, Director of the Summer Service Learning Program at ND’s Center for Social Concerns, writes about participating in the hidden life of Jesus. 

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  8. How to Echo the Faith Across Generations

    Brian Pedraza, Assistant Professor of Theology at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, writes to his son about passing the faith.

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  9. Love Before Work

    Colleen Halpin, Church Life Intern at the MICL, considers Maximilian Kolbe's witness of love against the message of Auschwitz's gates.

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  10. The Cry of the Earth in Pan-Amazonia

    Lucas Briola, Assistant Theology Professor at Saint Vincent College, unearths striking CST developments in a pre-synod document on the Pan-Amazonian region.

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  11. The Spiritual Desert Isn't Optional

    Joshua J. Whitfield, theologian and Pastoral Administrator, looks for a preaching that can resound in our desertified spiritual landscape.

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  12. The Message Is the Messenger

    Anne-Sophie Constant, Jean Vanier's biographer, reflects on Vanier's witness to God choosing the weak of the world to shame the strong.

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  13. Pilate's Question in a Post-Truth Context

    Melanie Barrett, Mundelein Seminary Department of Moral Theology Chairperson, on Decision-Making, Conscience Formation, & Pastoral Care in a post-truth age.

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  14. On the Particular Grace of Palm Branches

    Drew Denton, Director of Faith Formation at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Atlanta, delves into Terrence Malick and the complex symbolism of Palm Sunday.

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  15. The Clear Message of Christus Vivit

    Vincent J. Reilly, Director of Faith Formation at St. Catherine Catholic Church, looks with Pope Francis at Christ crucified and risen.

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  16. The Roots of American Catholic Polarization

    Robert G. Christian III, co-founder and editor of Millennial Journal, digs up the political roots of American Catholic polarization.

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  17. Life, Language, and Christ Today

    Olivier-Thomas Venard, OP, Deputy Director of École Biblique et Archéologique, on how Aquinas can help biblical interpretation in a postmodern context.

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  18. The Solemn Joy of Lent

    Carolyn Pirtle, Program Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, starts a musical look at the growing anticipation amidst Lent penitence.

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  19. Catholicism's Decisive Shift Toward Africa

    Isaiah Jones, PhD candidate in Education at Utah State University, considers the challenges posed by the Church's center shifting to Africa.

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  20. Confronting a Sinful Church

    Brandon R. Peterson, University of Utah Department of Philosophy Lecturer, on the cognitive dissonance of speaking of the Church as holy.

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  21. Unfulfilled Promise: The Synod on Young People

    Leonard DeLorenzo, faculty member at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, compares the expectations and achievements of the Synod on Young People.

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  22. The Addictions of the Catholic Samizdat

    Timothy P. O’Malley, Director of the ND Center for Liturgy, looks at L'affaire Lewis and Covington Catholic through the lens of David Foster Wallace.

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  23. Catechesis as a Way of Life

    Robert B. Williams, practicing psychologist with an interest in catechesis and spiritual care, discusses invaluable developmental tasks for the family church.

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  24. A Garden Lurking Beneath the Floorboards

    Andrew Kuiper, writer and editor, cultivates an appreciation for Sergei Bulgakov's attempt to redeem the dismal science of economics.

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  25. Chief Obstacles to Good Spiritual Direction

    Peter Andrastek, Senior Consultant for The Evangelical Catholic, outlines the main obstacles to consistently good spiritual direction on the parish level.

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  26. The Political Pawning of Saints

    John Michael Hogue, Su Casa Catholic Worker community member, looks back at the polarization that followed the canonizations of Sts. Romero and Paul VI.

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  27. Does the Mass Say Christmas Is About Justice?

    John O’Callaghan, ND Associate Professor of Philosophy, questions the liturgy to see whether Christmas is about justice or... something else.

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