Recently, a friend of mine told me about a conversation she had with a classmate at college. To make a long story short, the topic of abortion came up and once this classmate realized my friend was pro-life, she started to get angry.

Speaking Out: Bring out the ‘Catholic’ in Catholic education

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I am a product of the Catholic education system and if you were to ask me what I learned in high school I would tell you I didn’t learn enough about my faith.

Speaking Out: Climate change is a moral crisis

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I am almost completely removed from nature in my daily life. I don’t have to worry about where my water is coming from and the food I eat is easily accessible at the supermarket. My life, and the lives of my family and friends, are not in any immediate danger because of global warming.

Speaking Out: Of science and miracles

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He is risen! Truly, He is risen! We have just begun our celebration of the most incredible miracle of all time — the miracle of Easter.

Speaking Out: How I serve the domestic Church

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It has been one year since Amoris Laetitia was released and Pope Francis’ apostolic letter remains just as relevant today.

Speaking Out: My wooden cross keeps my faith alive

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Every so often, I get questioning looks directed at the cross hanging from my neck. Sometimes, people are curious to know what that wooden symbol means.

Speaking Out: My mission trip opened my eyes

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When I saw houses that were falling apart and children walking around with tattered clothing, my heart sank. I’d seen pictures of third-world countries and had heard stories of the less fortunate, but my eyes were opened when I stepped into this life for a week.

Speaking Out: St. Patrick among my holy heroes

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My parents gave me the name Patrick after St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Speaking Out: Got a minute? Let’s use it wisely

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There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. Are we using this time wisely?

Speaking Out: Lent is a time to reflect and renew

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Despite the fasting and the receiving of ashes ceremony that is common to every Catholic on Ash Wednesday, I have always found this day of solemnity to be a very personal experience.