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Alive in the Spirit

Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) . He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, ...



Money, money, moneyClark Booth

Money! Follow the money. It's all about the money. Money makes the world go round. Money talks and you know what walks. In Baseball, the color of money is ugly. The subject of money suffocates the Game. ...

St. Paul's suffering for the sake of missionFather Steve Grunow

Today's excerpt from the Acts of the Apostles indicates that St. Paul's missionary adventures were hardly a walk in the park. Saint Paul suffered terribly for the sake of Christ and the Church and this ...

Honoring service at our Spring CelebrationDebbie Rambo

This week, Catholic Charities held its annual Spring Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The annual Catholic Charities event raises funds to provide basic needs resources such as ...

Boston's first ordinationThomas Lester

On May 31, 1817, a native Irishman by the name of Dennis Ryan received the honor of being the first priest ordained in the Diocese of Boston. Throughout its early history, the diocese, which then encompassed ...

Doping athletesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in competitive sports but also raises broader ethical issues and ...

Unless the Lord builds the houseJaymie Stuart Wolfe

We received notification that the house around the corner from us had been condemned and was going to be demolished. But when the heavy equipment arrived to tear it down, I couldn't help but feel sad. ...

What is the Pastoral Plan Advisory Board?Ernest Linek

The Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB) was formed in 2014 at the direction of Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley to assist him in examining the progress and effectiveness of the 2012 Archdiocesan Pastoral ...

Good examples of virtueJohn Garvey

It's that time of year again -- time to fight over commencement speakers. It happens every May. Some Catholic college will feature a speaker who has taken public positions at odds with the church's teaching. ...