Columnists and contributors
Bungee jumping for the soul
Not all views that you take of your own life are equally valid. We can grant, surely, that some views are less valid. That dark and morose foreboding which you may feel sometimes when you wake up at 3 a.m., or, in contrast, that light feeling of elation when you are shopping on a holiday, or perhaps the dejection and worthlessness you may feel after an unexpected setback -- these intuitions, although they may contain an element of truth, are mainly deceptive.
Looking backwards -- and forward
As the Bruins roar into the Stanley Cup Finals, looking more and more like a runaway freight train on razor-sharp blades, many should be pardoned for wondering if what's left to be done is somehow anti-climactic.
Jaymie Stuart Wolfe
Faith in our father
I was not blessed to grow up with a father who had faith. Actually, I didn't grow up with a father much at all. That is why I spent a lot of my youth looking for substitutes wherever I could find them. Even though I had a lot of confidence, I somehow knew that I needed what only a father could give me. I think that's why my primary relationship with God as a child focused on God the Father, and why one of my favorite hymns was "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
The risks of Plan B
The debate over how old a girl should be before she can purchase Plan B -- the so-called morning-after pill -- without a doctor's prescription, has received media attention. Federal court judge Edward Korma recently ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift the restrictions on the morning-after pill, saying females of all ages should have unimpeded access to emergency birth control without a prescription. The effect of this ruling would be to allow girls as young as ten to purchase this drug without visiting a physician and without parental notification or consent.
Robert and Christine Ciavarra
A journey of 10,000 days together in faith
On our wedding day, it rained, the limousine broke down, and we missed our flight from Logan Airport. Eight days later, we returned from our honeymoon with bad sun poisoning. All in all, it was quite a start to our marriage -- certainly not a sprinter's start.
This week we offer three things not remotely connected -- to wonder about, dear fans, although in our town at this moment there's only one sporting subject anyone yearns to chat about.
U.S. Catholics: overly assimilated?
With his new book, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (Ignatius Press), mild-mannered Russell Shaw has become the bull in the china shop of U.S. Catholic history, knocking heroes off pedestals and overturning conventional story-lines--all in aid of trying to understand why the Church in America is in precarious position today vis-a-vis the ambient public culture and the government.
Father Robert Barron
The preachings of F. Scott Fitzgerald
The appearance of yet another film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" provides the occasion for reflecting on what many consider the great American novel.
Transformation through stories
Maria Benoit, director of mission and pastoral care at Youville Assisted Living Residences, believes that spiritual transformation is a fact of life, no matter how old you are. "We continue to grow and learn from one another even in old age," she says. "None of us is static. We're always changing."
Grading the first trimester
Summer is launched with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend. But of comparable import for those addicted to the happy season's requisite passion, Baseball, the day also serves as the first marker in the long, grueling run to October. For those hitherto pre-occupied with the Bruins' dramatics, the Celtics' pretensions, and the Patriots' draft it will come as a shock to learn nearly a third of the regular baseball season has come and gone.
Jaymie Stuart Wolfe
True confessions: I have not, at least historically, been a personal fan of St. Thomas Aquinas. It isn't because I'm not impressed with his holiness -- I am. It isn't because I think his contribution to the Church was lacking or overblown -- I don't. It isn't even that I don't have much of a taste for theology as an intellectual pursuit -- I do. Actually, it's just that he -- or the Catholics who love him most -- have somehow rubbed me the wrong way.
Dwight G. Duncan
Hacks, flacks, and yoots
On the 40th anniversary of Watergate, we once again face the prospect of billowing scandal in the Executive Branch, what with the I.R.S. targeting taxpayers for their political opposition to the administration, cover-ups about the Benghazi attacks, and the Justice Department fishing through journalists' phone records to try to stop media leaks.
Causeway vs. Broadway
People say, when reveling in the extraordinary excitement of Stanley Cup hockey, "How come the games aren't like this all season?"