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Mary Beth Bonacci

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Jesus is not optional

Sometimes I decide what I’m going to write about. And sometimes God does. I just came back from the FOCUS conference in Phoenix. It was awesome, incidentally, and I highly […]

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A shortcut out of purgatory

I know, I write about death a lot. I would write about it even more if I didn’t force myself to look elsewhere for topics periodically. But there is a […]

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An occasion worth celebrating

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”  Hebrews 12:1 I love […]

King Coal and the dignity of workers King Coal and the dignity of workers

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King Coal and the dignity of workers

I grew up hearing stories about life in the coal mines. They were delivered in my grandfather’s heavy Italian accent, and often concluded with a punchline I didn’t entirely understand. […]

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Real life isn’t elsewhere — it’s right here

In an effort to break my “look at the Facebook app every time I have a free minute” habit, I have been keeping the texts of spiritual books on my […]

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‘This is my body…’

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” . . . From this time many of his disciples turned back and […]

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The priesthood is more than just a job

In October, the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region will be held at the Vatican. On the agenda: a discussion on the possibility of ordaining […]

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Radical living and my friend Shelly

I saw my friend Shelly the other day, for the first time in 28 years. Back in the day, she was Shelly Pennefather, basketball phenomenon. She led Denver’s Bishop Machebeuf […]

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Fulfillment: Way better than mere happiness

Lately I’m seeing lots of studies — or, more accurately, articles about studies — claiming that non-parents are happier than parents. The accompanying commentary essentially concludes that everybody since the […]

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Unplanned and the destruction of innocence

I saw the movie Unplanned this weekend. It hit me hard. Not that I suddenly realized abortion is wrong. I have known that since I was a kid. I counseled […]

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Opinion: ‘Comprehensive’ sex ed bill robs sex of its sacredness

When I was speaking full-time to teenagers, I used to have a transition in my talk. I would talk about love, and then about marriage. And then I’d get to […]

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On ‘toxic masculinity’

Is masculinity “toxic”? The American Psychological Society apparently thinks so. They issued a long report about it recently. I tried to read it, but I barely made it through the […]