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Accepting lifeJaymie Stuart Wolfe

When my grandmother died suddenly a week ago, no one was exactly surprised. She was, after all, 102 years old, and more than ready to leave her long and full life behind. But I suspect that even if she ...

The passing of a Catholic lionKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The Catholic world lost a public intellectual last Friday. Michael Novak, in the tradition of William F Buckley, Richard Neuhaus and George Weigel, was a lion among intellectuals. His thinking and writing ...

Do not be anxiousScott Hahn

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 49:14--15 Psalm 62:2--3, 6--9 1 Corinthians 4:1--5 Matthew 6:24--24 We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In Sunday's Gospel, ...

Why in the world do Catholics celebrate a chair?Father Steve Grunow

Today (2/22) the Church celebrates a curiously named feast called "the Chair of Saint Peter." The "chair" references an actual piece of furniture that is encased in a monumental sculpture by Bernini ...

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, ...