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FAITH AND CULTURE | Living the resurrection with conviction, boldness and freedom

It isn't uncommon to have an intense experience in our lives, only to discover that the ardor and enthusiasm quickly dissipates into mundane routine. For instance, take birthday fiestas, weddings, family reunions, graduations and other social celebrations. Once the intensity of the moment concludes, it doesn't take long to transition to the next thing.

VIEWPOINT | Important takeaways from the presynod gathering in Rome

The very fact that more than 300 young people — joined by another 15,000 virtual participants via social media — produced a document to be read and studied by bishops around the world in preparation for the Vatican's 2018 synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment" is no small feat.

The near-unanimous consensus on a range of issues facing young people in the Church today offers an example to the rest of the Church at a time when some established leaders, continuing to fight old battles, are adding to the climate of polarization rather than overcoming it.

Faithful Fan | Cor Jesu grad is link to Notre Dame women’s basketball titles

Niele Ivey, a 1996 graduate of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, played a part in both of the University of Notre Dame women's basketball NCAA championships.

Ivey played on the first championship team, when the finals were played in St. Louis 17 years ago. This year, she served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator on the team that completed the second-largest comeback in Final Four history to defeat Mississippi Sate 61-58 with a 3-point shot by Arike Ogunbowale with 0.1 remaining. Ivey also has been a part of all seven of Notre Dame's Final Four teams.

GROWING UP CATHOLIC | Dorothy Day and the problem of loneliness

Feeling lonely? Well, you have company. In recent surveys, a full three quarters of the population admits to struggling with loneliness.

POP CULTURE CATHOLIC | Living in Easter when life is Good Friday

We just left the spiritually rigorous season of Lent. We should be exhausted, tired and hungry. We spent 40 intense days facing our mortality, our depravity and our unworthiness. In a spiritual desert, we united ourselves to Christ, who spent His own 40 days in an actual desert fasting, praying and preparing Himself to go out and preach a new law; to change hearts and minds; to change the world.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Sharing the spiritual burden

One friend sat in the driver's seat of the car, transporting us on a six-hour journey to the site of our retreat last year. In the passenger seat, another friend kept the driver engaged in conversation.

With the entire backseat to myself, I I began my week of silence a few hours early. As much as possible, I waded into an interior room of quiet. I stared out the window as the world flew past at 70 miles an hour.

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