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Transforming prayerJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Most of us spend a lot of what we think of as "prayer time" trying to talk God into seeing things our way. We beg and plead, whine and remind, and generally push as hard as we can to get whatever it is ...

Eyesight to the blindScott Hahn

God's ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today's First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel--as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. The blind man stands for ...

The loud silence of St. JosephFather Steve Grunow

"We can have recourse to many saints as our intercessors, but go especially to Joseph..." - St. Teresa of Avila Today (3/20) the Church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the ...

Disciples in Mission and renewed priestly fraternityFather Scott Euvrard

When Cardinal Seán approved Disciples in Mission -- A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston in 2012, I began praying and thinking about the future and the plan's potential for the archdiocese as ...

Did Jesus feel abandoned?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When Jesus was dying on the cross, according to the Gospel, he cried out, "My God, why have you abandoned me?" Why was he saying this? Did he really feel that his Father had abandoned him? (Coxs Creek, ...

On our duty to welcome the strangerArchbishop Charles J. Chaput

For immigrants and refugees now in the United States, or who hope to come here in the near future, recent weeks have been a steady diet of anxiety and confusion. The legal struggle over travel bans on ...

Fatima, the Rosary, and the Path to PeaceFather Roger J. Landry

One of my favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd children for "cheating" on how they were ...

The fight is on!Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

The battle for school choice has begun in earnest. The recent election, and confirmation of a pro-school choice advocate as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has moved the injustices of our current ...

Four years into a Latino papacyHosffman Ospino

Four years have passed since the Holy Spirit inspired the election of the first Latino pope, Pope Francis. Wait. Did you say Latino or Latin American? Well, it depends on where you draw the line. I would ...

Entering the Season of Lent at Youville PlaceAdam Johnson

The season of Lent encourages us to reflect on the symbolic importance of sacrifice. When Christians "give up" things for Lent, whether it's a vice or unhealthy habit like sweets or red meat, they honor ...