Mary Beth Bonacci

Columnist

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Don’t just do something – be.

I just returned from the Catholic Leadership Conference — or, as I like to call it, “the best three days of the year.” In the midst of the current crisis […]

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An open letter to a disgusted Catholic

I wasn’t sure what name you are going by these days. “Angry,” “Disgusted,” “Demoralized,” “Fed Up,” “Devastated.”  I figured it was one of those.  Maybe all of them. I know […]

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Trusting God is an act of the will

I’m a cancer survivor, although mine was more of a “skirmish” than a battle. It was brief and relatively easily treated. But one long term consequence of even a cancer […]

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Love and mercy: A Christian response to suicide

Two high profile suicides in four days.  Awful. In the wake of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, my Facebook feed has been filled with various musings and […]

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We should have listened to Pope Paul VI

Happy Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary! I don’t know about you, but for me it’s been a whirlwind.  Parties, parades, some great fireworks shows.  Oh, and did you see the Hollywood […]

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Pope Francis: Hell-denier? No.

So the Pope has a friend — a rather colorful friend — with whom he likes to chat periodically.  This friend, unfortunately, is also a journalist.  A 94-year-old journalist who […]

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Don’t forget to bring God to work

I belong to a prayer group on Facebook. People post their intentions, and the other members pray. It’s a great use of social media. The other day I posted, as […]

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Relativism: An obstacle to the pursuit of truth

When I was a kid, my favorite television show was The Partridge Family. Mostly because I was completely enamored of the late David Cassidy, whom I was convinced I would […]

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In the New Year, a little silence, please

Last year, I spent a raucous New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, celebrating with some of my oldest and dearest friends against the backdrop of one of the most exciting […]

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More than a sexual abuse crisis — it’s a mis-use crisis

Has anyone else been playing “Guess the Pervert?” Sometimes, when I’m bored, I try to figure out who I think we will be the next celebrity/news anchor/congressperson to be exposed […]

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When Heaven prays back

By the time you read this, All Saints Day will have come and gone. But, just to extend the feast a few more days, I want to share the story […]

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In the wake of Vegas shooting, prayers still matter

So I hear that Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t want our prayers. Well, not exactly. But he did, in a very emotional monologue, decry politicians who offered their “insufficient” prayers, saying they […]