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Knowing God

Jesus has been taken up into heaven as we begin today's first reading. His disciples - including the Apostles and Mary--return to the upper room where he celebrated the Last Supper (see Luke 22:12). There, ...



Faith, patriotism and courage on display in South BostonRaymond Flynn

We often hear it said, "That our culture and times are changing and we have to accept it." Yesterday, after all the Masses, we heard Father Frank Daly say goodbye to the Catholic parishioners of South ...

A prophecy of joySister Lucille Van Hoogmoed

In his message to the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, May 22, Pope Francis encouraged the sisters gathered in Rome for the General Chapter to be open to the Holy Spirit. This is expressed through ...

Challenged yet greatly blessedSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

During these last weeks of the Easter Season, the Scriptures being read at Mass reflect on the different activities of the disciples, especially of Peter, Paul and Barnabas. They were untiring in their ...

Reading the signs of the timesRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict. The musician is Chris Cornell, who died alone in a hotel room in Detroit on May 17. He had been lead singer for Soundgarden ...

Injuries, injuries, and more injuriesClark Booth

Whining about injuries is lame. No cliché in sports more swiftly induces a more profound wince than the timeless observation, "Injuries are part of the game." That would be EVERY game; even tiddly winks. ...

Evicted: The housing crisis in the U.S.Effie Caldarola

My husband and I are sitting on our front porch on a gentle spring evening, reading. I hold up my book and show Jim Chapter 6: "Rat Hole." "This pretty much sums up this book," I say, and silently ...

Problem with song leaderFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I live in a large parish and find my affiliation with my church meaningful and positive -- except for one thing. (I've struggled with this, as I don't want to be unkind, so I would appreciate your ...

Discerning the newsRussell Shaw

Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. That's been the story of Donald Trump's relationship with the media for a long time, and we aren't seeing the end of it yet. I don't wish to ...