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Eyesight to the blind

God's ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today's First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel--as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. The blind man stands for ...



Transforming prayerJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Most of us spend a lot of what we think of as "prayer time" trying to talk God into seeing things our way. We beg and plead, whine and remind, and generally push as hard as we can to get whatever it is ...

I'm not 'intrinsically disordered!'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church ...

Disciples in Mission and renewed priestly fraternityFather Scott Euvrard

When Cardinal Seán approved Disciples in Mission -- A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston in 2012, I began praying and thinking about the future and the plan's potential for the archdiocese as ...

Your Pats in their offseasonClark Booth

The great conquerors don't know the meaning of the word "enough." Their appetites are ravenous. There's no "quit" in these bullies until the Reaper Himself blows the whistle. 'Tis ever been thus. On ...

The loud silence of St. JosephFather Steve Grunow

"We can have recourse to many saints as our intercessors, but go especially to Joseph..." - St. Teresa of Avila Today (3/20) the Church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the ...

Form and chaosJohn Garvey

I am not the first to notice that ideas and styles spread across the fine arts, regardless of medium or genre. In the middle of the 19th century, orchestras grew to 100 or more musicians, and symphonies ...

Fatima, the Rosary, and the Path to PeaceFather Roger J. Landry

One of my favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd children for "cheating" on how they were ...

Did Jesus feel abandoned?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When Jesus was dying on the cross, according to the Gospel, he cried out, "My God, why have you abandoned me?" Why was he saying this? Did he really feel that his Father had abandoned him? (Coxs Creek, ...