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Begin Lent by giving back to those in need

In her recent Democratic response to the State of the Union address, Stacey Abrams told a story about her father's generosity of spirit. She said that once, as he walked home from work on a cold, rainy ...



The life-changing work of the Catholic AppealArlene Dubrowski

All of us want to change the world; often that change begins in our own backyards. Last Sunday, Jesus asked us to take a stand for something greater than ourselves. I believe supporting the life-changing ...

The Hall of Fame vote and the Red SoxDick Flavin

The votes are in and we know who is going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer. But here is the question all diehard Red Sox fans have: How did the Sox do? The big Red Sox winner ...

Rich in PovertyScott Hahn

The blessings and woes we hear in today's Gospel mark the perfection of all the wisdom of the Old Testament. That wisdom is summed up with marvelous symmetry in today's First Reading and Psalm: Each ...

Children can be saints!Father Edward M. Riley

Just about every day of the year, Catholics have the privilege to celebrate the prayers of a saint or two or three or more. Although not all of the saints are found on the liturgical calendar of a local ...

The diocesan synod of 1909Thomas Lester

In February 1909, clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston convened at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for a diocesan synod called by then Archbishop William H. O'Connell. Regular readers may recall that a ...

The Court and the CrossRussell Shaw

Two years after his death, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is missed for many reasons, not least among them his colorful writing style. In one notable opinion, Scalia said this: "Like some ...

The ever-present totalitarian temptationGeorge Weigel

First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel's brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, "The Power of the Powerless," retains its salience four decades later. ...

Funeral Mass on Sunday?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently a funeral Mass was offered on a Sunday afternoon in our parish for a longtime parishioner. I believe I remember as a child being taught by the sisters in our Catholic school that funerals ...