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Grace under pressure

A chapter in a remarkable American and Catholic life will close on June 6, when Abbot Thomas Frerking, OSB, concludes more than two decades of service as leader of the monastic community at St. Louis Abbey.

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In a Rearview Mirror

Like his father before him, Eric McLuhan had to deal with the tsunami of "information" generated in what has become a seven-billion-channel media universe.

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The Humor of Jesus

I think the heroic nineteenth-century archbishop in Cuba, Anthony Mary Claret, was off the mark when he disapproved of laughter because Jesus is not known to have laughed.

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Into Uncharted Waters

"Your own countrymen have disowned you, Don Fermão," said the young King Charles of Spain, the most powerful ruler upon earth, soon also to inherit the title of Holy Roman Emperor.  

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Learning from the White Rose

Seventy-five years ago last February, Sophie and Hans Scholl and their friend Christian Probst were executed by guillotine at Munich's Stadelheim Prison for high treason.

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