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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on February 23, 2018.

eNewsletter Subject: A difficult Lent?

There are growing signs that this will be another difficult Lent for the Catholic Church. So it is not a bad time to reflect on a lesson I learned from the Book of Esther.

As Phil Lawler points out, it has already been A rough week for the Holy See, which is taking hits around the world.

But Phil also meditates on an unforgettable Ash Wednesday photo that puts things in perspective.

Stepping outside the Catholic universe for a moment, he also comments on an unfortunate cultural shift in the American military: Will we sacrifice Marines to advance feminist standards?.

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