Mary Ann McGivern, a Sister of Loretto, works with people who have felony convictions and advocates for criminal justice. She lived at a Catholic Worker house for 28 years. She has been a public radio commentator and written plays and a cookbook. She lives in St. Louis.

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Contemplating a graph on gun violence and our lack of control

NCR Today - An editorial, newly updated after the mass shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, haunts me as I imagine the survivors of violence that mostly did not have to happen.

The burdens of hunger and pain on the poor

When you meet a candidate, Republican or Democrat or Green or Socialist, ask him or her some pointed questions about public policy on housing, hunger and, yes, pain.

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Replacing rage with holy laughter

NCR Today: A few years back I gave myself permission to get angry at other drivers. Later, I shocked myself at how mad I was at some unknown person. I resolved to withdraw that permission to myself to rage.

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Tax time reminds us of the costs of war

Forty-seven percent of the the federal budget's discretionary spending goes towards the costs of war. It's a lot of money to fund a lot of suffering.