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TWENTY SOMETHING | Lead with beauty: Evangelization lessons from the solar eclipse

The rain fell heavy that 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 shirt had heard it would be clearer in Columbia, Mo., than Kansas City, Mo., and decided to attempt the added hour of travel for a better view of the Great American Eclipse.

"If we can't make it there in time," he said, "our ship is sunk."

GUEST COLUMNIST | Fresh habits for the new school year

Every new school year is a chance for a fresh start. It's exciting, but as weeks go by, we can fall back into bad habits. There are ways to maintain your drive to succeed despite new (and old) challenges.

Here are some tips for the new academic year:

• Prioritize your physical, mental and spiritual health.

• Get enough sleep. Sleeping more than six hours allows for brain development (which occurs until age 25 or 30). A regular sleep schedule also helps you retain knowledge and make healthier decisions.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Seeking to satisfy a spiritual thirst with trust, prayer

I can't pray.

Well, that's not accurate. If only it was that cut and dried. In reality, the spiritual issue is exceedingly more complicated.

I can communicate with God — to God — in limited ways. I made promises to people that I would lift up their special prayer intentions on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. So I say those intercessory prayers, asking for blessings and love in a special way for those family, friends and strangers alike. I trust that God hears. I hope that He hears.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Stewardship strengthens our faith

For some people, "stewardship" is the term the Church uses when she tries to get money — isn't "stewardship" the Catholic code word for fundraising sprinkled with holy water?

Unfortunately, the word has been misused and misunderstood for so long, many people tune out when they hear the word.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Charlottesville: The antidote is in the venom

Once, the Ku Klux Klan came out primarily at night, carrying torches with their faces covered by hoods with ghostly openings for eyes.

Not anymore.

They were out in droves in Charlottesville, Va., in mid-August. Their faces were unmasked and held high, unapologetic. They joined hundreds of white supremacists and others protesting the February vote by the City Council to remove a statue from Lee Park that has memorialized Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee since 1924. In June, the city renamed Lee Park Emancipation Park.

FAITH AT HOME | The sacred act of dishwashing

I hate dishwashing.

Laundry, I love: transforming jumbled heaps of tumbled clothes into neat, folded piles. Sweeping is satisfying. Wiping counters, even scrubbing sinks, brings simple pleasure.

But I cringe at crusty pots and pans. Any night of the week, I'd trade for any other chore. Yet life in a household requires rolling up sleeves and doing whatever dirty work needs to be done.

Even in the house of the Church. Turns out the saints agree.

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