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'The Ghetto'Father James Ronan

I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone pretty much looked the same, went to the same schools, church, markets, bakeries, bank, park and so forth. It was a kind of Irish enclave. We followed with passion ...

September and re-connecting Father James J. Ronan

Walking a pretty Black Lab around Charlestown several days a week gives me the wonderful opportunity to greet lots of people. I only wish I could remember all of the names! And this September I hear people ...

He's gone!Father James Ronan

There is no other startling, unbelievable proclamation that has more global significance then or now. Arriving at the tomb in which the body of Jesus had been laid, the women find it empty and gasp in ...

Why do you pray? Father James J. Ronan

In a recent article in the Catholic weekly, America, the author poses the interesting question, "Why do you pray?" It is a question any of us might benefit from reflecting upon. I guess a good place to ...

An Easter peopleFather James Ronan

"There is an appointed time for everything and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born and a time to die ..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). This ancient teaching from sacred Scripture always ...

'What are you looking for?' Father James Ronan

"What are you looking for?" There are so many levels on which this direct question speaks. One might reply "my keys, my cell phone, a good restaurant, State Street, a good job." And again, the question ...

So, how do you prepare?Father James Ronan

There is so much noise and so many distractions in these December days that it causes me to wonder how one really can get prepared for Christmas. In the broader society, prepared means you have "all of ...

For Whatever You Want Father James J. Ronan

Throughout my years of ministry, in places near and far, always I come to a place of amazement when persons in trouble, grieving, in need, and broken in spirit find consolation in hearing the 23rd Psalm. ...