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The Teen Center at St. Peter's -- an oasis for Dorchester youth

As the summer sun beats down upon the Boston blacktop, bright and energetic middle and high school students from our Teen Center at St. Peter's get a break from their studies to experience some of the ...



Gratitude to all farmworkers without exceptionsHosffman Ospino

We all like our fresh salads, vegetables and fruits. If we eat meat, we want the best quality. However, these do not grow or raise themselves. They come to us thanks to the hard and dedicated work of ...

Consuming fireScott Hahn

Our God is a consuming fire, the Scriptures tell us (see Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24). And in this week's Gospel, Jesus uses the image of fire to describe the demands of discipleship. The fire He ...

A walk is as good as a hitDick Flavin

"A walk is as good as a hit." That's a baseball axiom with which I became very familiar as a kid, having heard it called out to me by my teammates virtually every time I stepped into the batter's box. ...

Begin with EucharistJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Catholics are up in arms -- again. This time, it's the recent Pew Research report that only one in three of us believe that the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Christ. One in three. In other words, ...

Heroism and priesthood, Dachau and AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

In late June, I visited the concentration camp at Dachau, located in a wooded suburb a few miles from downtown Munich. The camp site struck me as rather too neat: virtually all of the huts in which hundreds ...

The real presenceRussell Shaw

Back in 1995, the American theologian Germain Grisez and I published an article noting with dismay poll data showing that a very large number of self-identified Catholics in the United States believed ...

A different team and a lasting championshipFather Roger Landry

As a former athlete and lifelong sports fan, I visit Espn.com a couple of times a day. There, I get more than box scores, videos and articles on recent happenings in major sports. I also receive inspiration ...

Communion chalice and health risksFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I've been wondering about this for a long time. Why, at holy Communion, do we have to drink from the same chalice that everyone else has used? It seems to me to be a very unsanitary practice, with ...