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Traveling Missionary Roads, Building the Church

Every day, the arrival of mail brings a new story to our attention. People serving in the missions around the world reach out to Boston hoping that our prayers and sacrifices will be able to help them ...



Watch for himScott Hahn

The new Church year begins with a plea for God's visitation. "Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down," the prophet Isaiah cries in today's First Reading. In today's Psalm, too, we hear the ...

IrrevocableJaymie Stuart Wolfe

It's not over til it's over -- or so they say. Still, I'm pretty sure that if I started a social media campaign to cancel the rest of 2020 and celebrate New Year's Eve right now, I'd find a lot of support. ...

Emergencies don't take a holidayMichael Reardon

A few weeks ago, Gov. Charlie Baker pointed to Catholic Schools as examples of how schools can open safely and best serve students and families, stating, "I mean, there's no better example of that right ...

What it means to give back at Catholic CharitiesJacqueline Cunniff

With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, the need in many of our communities continues to grow, and this increasing need is even more evident as we approach the holiday season. For many, ...

Cardinal Cushing's missionary impulseThomas Lester

This week is the final installment of our series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Richard Cushing and focuses on another area in which he made a significant impact both within ...

Daniel BardDick Flavin

Daniel Bard. Who'd have believed it? The news was pretty much buried because it was announced during the middle of the World Series, but he is the National League Comeback Player of the Year for 2020. How ...

Healing the malady of division, start with friendshipHosffman Ospino

The headline grabbed my attention: "You are no longer my mother!" The Reuters article, written a day prior to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, shared the story of a mother disavowed by her own son. ...

Thanksgiving and the paradox of deathGeorge Weigel

The juxtaposition of Thanksgiving with the Church's annual month of prayer for the dead hadn't previously struck me with force; that it did this year has something to do, I expect, with my late sister-in-law, ...