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Is confession necessary?

Q. I am a 92-year-old homebound woman -- nearing the end of my earthly journey. Lately, I have been plagued by the thought that I might be committing a grievous sin for receiving holy Communion without ...



Caring for mom as mom cared for meGreg Erlandson

There is a particularly unexpected twist in the saga of many families when the child suddenly starts acting the parent and the parent resembles the child. It is not a welcome transition, reversing roles ...

A mother's prayer for ordinary timeLucia A. Silecchia

I saw them in the department store -- a mother and a little girl about five years old. The child, in her restlessness, sought to wander away during what must have struck her as a very dull way to spend ...

The pope and populismRussell Shaw

Is Pope Francis a populist? The simple answer is no. A better answer is necessarily more complicated. But, someone might ask, does it really matter? As a matter of fact, it matters a lot -- at least ...

The quest to be 'somebody' online forgets who we really areBrett Robinson

What does it really mean to be "somebody?" Is it like Marlon Brando's famous line in the film "On the Waterfront?" "I coulda' been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum." There is something ...

Polar Park -- a win for WorcesterDick Flavin

It was half a century ago when the Louisville Colonels, the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, were for all intents and purposes kicked out of Kentucky when the state decided to remodel the stadium ...

The grace to bloom where we're plantedElise Italiano Ureneck

Last month, Major League Baseball announced that it would honor Lou Gehrig, the famous New York Yankees first baseman, on June 2. The date has a double meaning in Gehrig's life: In 1925, it marked his ...

On the vineScott Hahn

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the true vine that God intended Israel to be -- the source of divine life and wisdom for the nations (see Sirach 24:17-24). In Baptism, each of us was joined ...

Daily MassJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I definitely got it backwards, upside-down, and inside-out this year. Instead of committing to attending daily Mass for Lent, I started going the day after Easter. If truth be told, I probably could have ...