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A reason to hopeFather James Ronan

Maybe you have heard or read stories about a person who has committed or has attempted suicide. Everyone's heart constricts hearing these accounts, and there are so many. In 2014 there were 11,014 hospital ...

The Easter Season Father James J. Ronan

The readings at daily Mass in this wonderful season reflect a variety of stories of the early Christian community coming to grips with the astonishing news that Jesus Christ is alive! The Risen Christ ...

One nation, under GodFather James Ronan

In 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as our nation's first president. Since 1937, Inauguration Day has taken place on Jan. 20. When the 20th falls on a Sunday, the newly elected president takes ...

'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-connectingFather 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 people Father 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 ...