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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, ...



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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

When Does Faith Disappear?Father Ron Rolheiser

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that "God is dead" he added a question: What kind of a sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon? I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there ...