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The Importance of the Fatima CentenaryFather Roger Landry

A big danger to growth in faith is letting it become routine. That's one of the reasons why I have always been a big supporter of ecclesiastical holy years, which provide a prism through which to look ...

Thanking high donorsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. In my parish, there is an appreciation dinner every year for high-end donors, by invitation only. (I would estimate that anywhere from 5 to 7 percent of parishioners attend.) But among the invitees ...

'Open your heart to Jesus, the Great Priest'Bishop Robert P. Reed

Following is the homily delivered by Bishop Robert P. Reed at the concluding Mass of a retreat for prospective seminarians of the Archdiocese of Boston, Feb. 12. "What eye has not seen, and ear has not ...

Ballroom dance 'swings' through YouvilleAdam Johnson

A circle of older adults forms around a young man dressed in black. It is a Tuesday afternoon at Youville House Assisted Living. The residents wait with expectant smiles as the young man cues up big band ...

A work in progressFather Paul Ritt

On March 11, 2013, my priesthood and life took a surprising turn. That was the day the Vicar General and Director of Clergy Personnel of the archdiocese delivered the news that Cardinal Seán had chosen ...

Distractions during prayerFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have heard that it is sinful to let oneself be distracted in prayer. This makes sense to me as regards prayers that are obligatory: e.g., Sunday Mass, the Divine Office for priests and religious, ...

The Big GameJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I'm not sure there were many people at the 6 p.m. Mass on Super Bowl Sunday. Actually, I think I can say without too much reservation that the congregation was most assuredly smaller than usual. Hopefully, ...

Affair of the heartScott Hahn

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 15:15--20 Psalm 119:1--2, 4--5, 17--18, 33--34 1 Corinthians 2:6--10 Matthew 5:17--37 Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that he has come not to abolish but ...

The extraordinary tale of St. BlaiseFather Steve Grunow

On Feb. 3 the Church remembers the life and witness of Saint Blaise, a 3rd century Armenian bishop who endured terrifying torments and surrendered his life rather than repudiate his profession of Faith. Much ...

'That they may know him and his loving plan'Father Daniel Hennessey

This weekend, Feb. 10-12, the Vocation Office sponsors two distinct retreat experiences for men open to learning more about the vocation to the priesthood. One retreat will be held at the Betania II Marian ...