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When it came time to interview prospective sailors for his expedition across Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton had clear-cut criteria. He had to pick the right men for his journey to the bottom of the … more
The themes emerge predictably. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we gravitate toward the biggies: get healthy, get organized, get a life. We vow to travel more, read more, save more and … more
Oprah Winfrey sings and claps when presented with the $69 lunch box that makes her 2017 “Favorite Things” list. “I looooove!” she belts out in mock falsetto. She doesn’t need to … more
Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. “I’d be in an antique store buying little trinkets for the wedding decorations, and I would be asking strangers: … more
Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest had been visiting his brother and had to pull over on an overpass three miles … more
The rain fell heavy on a Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man wearing a Saturn … more
Nicholas Owen was canonized 364 years after his death. Such is often the case with the Catholic Church, charged with curating a 3,000-year treasure trove of saints and stories, rovers and … more
The old man with the typewriter would like a word with us texters and tweeters: Don’t be a blockhead. David McCullough’s bestselling new book, “The American Spirit,” takes up a cause he … more
Art Cullen has his gripes about Catholicism, but he cannot deny its influence on the work that last month won him a Pulitzer Prize. The story went viral: Small-town newspaper editor beats out the … more
The place infants nod off and teens open up is also where road-weary adults will probe their spirituality: in the car. That’s the secret behind a new religious community, the Little Poor Friars … more
The old farmers used to say you should leave a field better than you found it. Sometimes that called for heavy lifting. Other times it just meant picking up a rock as you crossed and placing it at … more
Spend a day in a surgery waiting room and you’ll witness a hundred quiet acts of mercy. Strangers gather for a host of reasons with a common cause: to sit beneath the slowest clock and wait it … more
Don Currey was a 30-year-old graduate student when he cut down the world’s oldest tree. A brown-eyed, sun-tanned geography student at the University of North Carolina, Don was striking in his … more
It’s almost as if November’s Mass readings were written for election-weary Catholics, with their foreboding tones and calls for “perseverance” and “endurance” amid … more
When two 20-somethings slung a wire across rooftops in Boston, they were hoping to hear each other’s voices transmitted across that line. It worked, and they did, but in the process, they also … more
The phone call came when I was boiling sweet corn—supper time on a hum-drum Sunday whose excitement peaked with a trip to the grocery store. It had been months since I’d spoken with my … more
It was a rough July, on a national scale, marked by division: shootings, protests, funerals, conventions. Whether you tuned into Trump and Clinton, clicked over to the late-night comics or braced … more
I’ve been listening to Lillian Cunningham’s “Presidential” podcast, trying to glean insights into our nation’s earliest leaders. In a month that is sure to contain fireworks—from the … more
Staci Perry bakes like she lives. She doesn’t measure. She works with what’s already in the fridge. And she scrapes every last bit out of the bowl. “I don’t do anything fancy,” she … more
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