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Today's Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today's First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God's Spirit through Moses prefigure ...



Serra clubJohn Garvey

California's legislature now has it in for St. Junipero Serra, who has long been considered the founding father of the Golden State. Authorities let an angry mob tear down the Franciscan missionary's ...

RIP the game of pepperDick Flavin

When was the last time you saw big-league players engaged in a game of pepper? It wasn't lately, that's for sure. In fact, there are probably a lot of players who don't even know what the game of pepper ...

Leave a Legacy of LoveMaureen Crowley Heil

There's a saying we like to repeat in the Mission Office: Some people give to the missions by going, others go to the missions by giving. Recently, we found the exception that proves the rule. Last year, ...

St. Therese, your teacher and mineMichael Pakaluk

''Everyone realizes that today something surprising is happening." So said Pope John Paul II back in 1997, when, at a Mass for World Missions in St. Peter's Square, he proclaimed St. Therese of Lisieux ...

A shared reflectionMichael Reardon

St. Mary's High School in Lynn recently invited me to participate in their Wednesday reflections program. First, I was honored to be asked. Second, I suggested that far better people existed to offer ...

Cardinal Cushing addresses the call to holinessThomas Lester

On Sept. 27, 1953, the Union of Holy Name Societies hosted a meeting at Fenway Park to mark the start of a "Crusade for Sanctity" among Catholic laymen. An estimated 45,000 Holy Name Society members from ...

Is God calling you to serve him and his Church as a deacon?Deacon Christopher Connelly

How does one discern a call from God to a vocation in the Church? God calls all people to holiness. Within this call, God calls each of us to a particular state in life. For some, this particular call ...

Welcoming our Afghan brothers and sistersJacqueline Cunniff

Media coverage of the crisis in Afghanistan compels our attention and stirs our compassion. Each day, we hear more about the tens of thousands of Afghan families and individuals who are arriving in the ...