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Eulogies at Catholic funerals

Q. I recently attended a funeral Mass for a friend -- not at my own parish. The pastor informed the family of the deceased that there could be no eulogy given in church -- before, during or after the ...



Making and renewing vowsJohn Garvey

Last week a friend invited my wife and me to join her in celebrating the 50th anniversary of her perpetual vows. It was a simple but moving ceremony. There was a Mass with guests and members of her religious ...

Close the Distance not the GateFather Ron Rolheiser

Nobel-prizing winning author, Toni Morrison, assessing the times, asks this question: "Why should we want to know a stranger when it is easier to estrange another? Why should we want to close the distance ...

Whose bourgeois morality?George Weigel

In the latest round of debate over Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics that "the Magisterium ...

Saint Therese, Teacher and ThaumaturgaFather Roger Landry

Twenty years ago today was one of the most remarkable days of my life. It occurred during a phone call with my mother. And I would challenge those who doubt that miracles happen to provide a more plausible ...

Digitization progressingThomas Lester

It has been over one year since the Archdiocese of Boston entered into a partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to digitize our sacramental record collection. Since it began in ...

Dressing for the feastScott Hahn

Our Lord's parable in today's Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history. God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast is the salvation ...

Phase V pastor orientationSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

On Oct. 3-5 the nine pastors of the Phase V collaboratives gathered for pastor orientation. Over the years, these sessions have been changed to better respond to the suggestions of the priests as to what ...

One DayClark Booth

It was only one day but it ought to be enshrined in the annals of epic New England sporting festivals, or at least accorded a footnote. The day was Thursday, the seventh of October 2017, when in a gluttonous ...