Mary Beth Bonacci

Mary Beth Bonacci

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An Open Letter to a ‘Curly-Headed Facebook Fascist’

Dear Admin,  As you may recall, I’m a member — oops, check that, WAS a member — of your Facebook group “2B – 3A Curls.” It’s the group where we talked about styling tips for wavy […]

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Prop 115: Like David fighting Goliath

Well, it’s that time again. A national election is weeks away. So I guess it’s time for my quadrennial election column. Which, as it turns out, is pretty much always about the […]

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Cuties, human dignity and cancelling Netflix 

I love Netflix. I love that I can watch sitcoms and movies, as well as virtually any documentary I like, at any hour of the day or night. For a […]

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God is in the details

I think it’s safe to say that people have been a little on edge lately. We see it in the macro, in the chaos that has been spilling out into […]

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Racism and the ‘scandal of the value of every human life’

“In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chamber.” Flannery O’Connor Is anyone else wondering how we got here? Or, more accurately, got […]

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The gift of John Paul II on his 100th birthday

Well, I’m not in Poland. As you may recall, last winter I told you I was leading a pilgrimage to celebrate St. John Paul II’s 100th birthday in Poland. I […]

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Don’t waste this time – ‘Be converted!’

In the days since Pope Francis’ March 27 Urbi et Orbi, I keep going back to the images in my mind. Was it not haunting? Watching our very frail-looking pontiff […]

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Surviving this Lenten quarantine

Well, I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that Lent has been a lot Lent-ier than usual this year. As of Ash Wednesday, there had not yet […]

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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. […]