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Embracing the kind of redeemer God appointed

The Gospel readings of Lent remind us that opposition to Jesus and his mission frequently grew out of the desire for a redeemer who was more like what various characters in the drama thought a redeemer ...



Lessons of the pandemicRussell Shaw

The coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of abating as this is written, but it's none too soon to start thinking about what we have already learned from this painful experience. I leave it to the physicians, ...

Anointing of the sick during the coronavirusFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a recent (fervent) convert to the Catholic Church. I am also a registered nurse and have held many patients as they passed on to eternity. I am concerned over the issue of priests being "barred" ...

I'm providing health care, and prayer, during COVID-19Sister Mary Catherine Redmond

NEW YORK (CNS) -- In early March, I sat with two other New York City emergency medicine colleagues as part of an interfaith sharing at Fordham University, "Where Faith and Medicine Intersect." A Jewish ...

Cardinal's Palm Sunday homilyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

I am sure that we all have great memories of many celebrations of Palm Sunday in the past. The beginning of Holy Week with a procession of the palms is usually a celebration marked by enthusiasm and excitement. ...

A Different Kind of Non-Classroom LearningMaureen Crowley Heil

When visiting classrooms for the Missionary Childhood Association, we often talk about what it's like to go to school in the missions. We share pictures and videos of what a day is like for children fortunate ...

The rivalry revisitedDick Flavin

A week ago in this space your humble correspondent prattled on at length about the Red Sox/Yankees playoff game of 1978, in my opinion the best baseball game I ever saw. As luck would have it, I had ...

Learning from the poor in a time of crisisHosffman Ospino

Moments of crisis are great opportunities of self-assessment. Crises often confront us with what philosophers call "existential questions." As our world faces the current pandemic that has halted our ...

Easter is comingJaymie Stuart Wolfe

The streets are quiet. Schools and most offices are closed. There are no public Masses at our churches, and that will remain the case for the next few weeks -- including Holy Week. This year, there will ...