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Why Our Lady of Sorrows?

The poet Wendell Berry reflects that "for parents, the only way is hard. We who give life give pain. There is no help. Yet we who give pain give love; by pain we learn the extremity of love..." In other ...



Living the call to 'Have courage ... go forward ... make noise!'Kathy Mears

Approximately four years ago, when addressing a group of youth, Pope Francis told the young adults to, "Have courage....go forward....make noise!" That is what we are working to do in the Catholic schools ...

First and lastScott Hahn

The house of Israel is the vine of God -- who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5). Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord ...

DunkirkFather John Catoir

The movie "Dunkirk" is drawing large crowds as it tells the amazing story of the World War II sea rescue of 338,000 British soldiers trapped on the beaches of northern France. Eight hundred privately ...

Rampaging IndiansClark Booth

On the chance you didn't see it believe me when I tell you it was just marvelous. When their mainstay Francisco Lindor -- brilliant throughout their epic surge -- flailed wildly at a bad pitch in the ...

Critical keys to success -- Part ISister Pat Boyle

Everyone admits that doing the work of evangelization has made the work of priests, staffs and parishioners more challenging. The reason is that for many Catholics, living and acting like a disciple was ...

Waiting at the altarJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Most girls have thought about their weddings at least once or twice before they've met someone they'd ever think of marrying. In fact, a whole lot of us begin imagining our "dream weddings" long before ...

Mass without singing?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Will we ever get the low Mass back? I miss its reverence and simplicity, when I could actually follow along with the priest instead of singing. I would especially appreciate a period of quiet after ...

A memoir I never expected to writeGeorge Weigel

When the second volume of my John Paul II biography, The End and the Beginning, was published in 2010, I thought I was finished with John Paul book-making. I hoped I'd done my best in bringing to a global ...