For many Americans, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has restricted previously mundane interactions and connections to the virtual world. Although powerful and welcome, technology cannot fully substitute or satisfy the human desire for connection and community.

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COVID lockdowns are leading to a spike in child abuse. A survivor of family and clergy abuse following an earlier pandemic recalls the dangers, issues a warning about today’s perils, and recounts his own journey back from the abyss.

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Injury. Sickness. Infirmity. Dying. Death. Although many of us avoid discussing such topics with polite company and, more often than not, among siblings and parents, and children and spouses, these traumas shape the human experience and our time in this world. The COVID-19 pandemic offered a stark memento mori and a reminder of the various…

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This past Sunday, my wife and I were watching Mass on Facebook Live. The presider, Jim McDermott, S.J., offered a prayer of gratitude for artists and creative individuals for “trying to help us and nourish us” amid the ongoing pandemic.   Just like many housebound Americans, I find myself reading more books, watching more movies, and…

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