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Kaya Oakes, a contributing writer for America, teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. Her fifth book, The Defiant Middle, will be released in the fall of 2021.

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Kaya Oakes
Discovering that a pivotal figure like Esther, who saves her people from death, also happens to be childless, can help us understand that childlessness in Scripture cannot be understood only as a curse.
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Chris Stedman's new book is the perfect guide to unpacking what identity means in the digital age.
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What Julian of Norwich can teach us about oneness with God.
Since the founding of the first Cristo Rey school in Chicago in 1996, Cristo Rey schools have become a national network with multiple religious orders as sponsors (photo: Sage Baggott).
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Since their founding in 1996, Cristo Rey schools have become a national network with multiple religious orders as sponsors.
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A prolific Catholic writer is himself now the subject of a biography from Liturgical Press.
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Just as there is a growing number of nones, there is also a growing interest in spiritual direction.
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The question of what a pilgrimage means in the modern day loops throughout Timothy Egan’s ‘A Pilgrimage to Eternity.’
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Working for the church can make it hard to believe in it.
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Joe Talbot’s film raises the question: what does it mean to belong to a place?
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Because the church has long defined marriage as central to lay Catholic identity, Catholic single mothers have sometimes stayed hidden in the shadows.