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A Vision for the Missions

The year was 1822 and France was still reeling from the aftereffects of its own Revolution. A young woman named Pauline Marie Jaricot had a vision. In it, she saw two oil lamps; one was empty and the ...



How God lovesScott Hahn

We often begin Mass with the prayer from today's Epistle: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." We praise the God who has ...

Floyd's killing was 'morally wrong'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Below is a May 30 statement from Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital ...

My letter to the faithfulCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

(Beginning in Lent, Cardinal O'Malley has periodically issued letters to different communities within the archdiocese addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Previous letters have been issued ...

Fenway's other 'monstah'Dick Flavin

Before Fenway Park had a Green Monster, it had an honest-to-God real monster. The left field wall has been called the Green Monster for only the past 30 or so years. Before that, it was referred to simply, ...

HomeschoolingRussell Shaw

Although a Harvard law school professor's recent proposal that homeschooling children be banned provoked a predictable hornets' nest of justifiably outraged responses, the article by Professor Elizabeth ...

For better or worse, in sickness and health, from day one Father Roger J. Landry

"I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life." On the day of their wedding, most couples make those vows ...

Thinking right or wrong before raceCarole Norris Greene

When we as human beings think primarily along racial lines, we unwittingly disqualify ourselves as objective and even reliable observers of an occurrence at hand. Why? Because far too many of us have ...

Pentecost and the fires in our citiesBishop Robert Barron

It is in a way providential that the feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate on Pentecost, ...