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Ah, if only I knew

"How did it all happen?" That was the question that German ex-Chancellor Prince von Bulow famously posed more than a century ago to his successor as Europe plunged into flames at the outset of World ...



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 ...

Living Water for the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

"The Church offers her maternal care to all children and their families, and she brings them the blessing of Jesus." -- Pope Francis Imagine the hopelessness you would feel if you were unable to provide ...

We are prepared for whatever may comeThomas W. Carroll

''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." For Catholic schools, the words of Charles Dickens ring true. In this case, the "worst of times" in the spring has been followed by the "best of ...

Our priests are there for us, let's be there for themSharon McNally

There is a strong tradition in Greater Boston of people coming together to affect change to help those in need. Camp Harbor View, a camp that serves 900 children from Boston's underserved neighborhoods, ...

How would Jesus vote?Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

Now that Labor Day is behind us, campaign season is in full swing. And in what we've learned to expect of all things 2020, everything about this year's elections is even more intense than usual. I have ...

For which imperfect candidate should I vote?Hosffman Ospino

Elections invite us to cast our vote as citizens and choose the best possible public leaders to meet the exigencies of our present time and circumstances. Whether voting for president of the country ...

Returning to the sacrament of divine loveFather Roger Landry

Recently bishops in several dioceses have begun to lift the general dispensations from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass that they had decreed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Numbers of new ...

A man for strengthening othersGeorge Weigel

When the choirs of angels led Father Paul Mankowski, SJ, into the Father's house on September 3, I hope the seraphic choirmaster chose music appropriate to the occasion. Had I been asked, I would have ...