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Disciples in Mission Pastoral Planning Report

In 2014, a small group of lay people and clergy were appointed by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley as the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB). This group of people were charged with the task of evaluating ...



Hoping rather than worrying during AdventDwight G. Duncan

We are now in the blessed season of Advent, when we wait eagerly to receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts on Christmas, as he was born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, and will come ...

Hot Stove timeClark Booth

The heat is arising on the Hot Stove! With the countdown to the Winter Meetings underway, Baseball's winter season formally launches. For the game's charter member nerds who groove on its byzantine inner-workings ...

Straighten the pathScott Hahn

Our God is coming. The time of exile -- the long separation of humankind from God due to sin -- is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today's liturgy. Isaiah in today's First Reading promises ...

The choice of Bishop Cheverus' successorThomas Lester

The Diocese of Boston's first bishop, Bishop Jean Cheverus, departed for his native France in the autumn of 1823. When he did so, he left the diocese uncertain whether or not he would return, and his ...

Advent and the return of the KingFather Steve Grunow

In the weeks prior to the celebration of Christmas, many Christians will sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," a traditional hymn of the Advent season that implores: O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom ...

The Wise Men teach us to kneelMichael Pakaluk

''Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen ...

A meditation on "Maranatha"George Weigel

Happy (real) new year: the beginning of a new year of grace, which began December 3 with the First Sunday of Advent. "The holidays" so overwhelm our senses each December that it's hard ...

A plea for our fellow CatholicsGreg Erlandson

This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift. This Advent, imagine that you and your family lose everything. ...