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Gun control: If not now, when?

A few short weeks ago a man named Stephen Paddock brought an arsenal of legally acquired firearms to his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas and began shooting concertgoers ...



Caesar and the KingScott Hahn

The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today's Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1). In effect, God ...

Winter on my mindJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I love October. The temperatures aren't quite so hot, but the sun still shines warm. The trees are ablaze with color, and the swirling wind carries stowaway leaves from the highest branches to the ground. ...

Are they finding what they want?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Sex has forever been a big seller. That's why in the media saturated world we live in, we are awash with sexual words and images. Today the radio is blaring news of the sex life of Harvey Weinstein, an ...

Life's unfinished symphonyEffie Caldarola

Fall has arrived. A heavy fog hangs over the city like a damp blanket that someone took out of the dryer too soon. People love spring for good reasons: There's rebirth, renewal, the return of light ...

Sox managers mainly unlovedClark Booth

What we have upon us hereabouts once again is another autumn of our discontent. Elsewhere the music of Baseball's Octoberfest plays on joyously. But here in Mudville, it has dissipated into a dirge. It's ...

Improving instruction and increasing learningKathy Mears

In 1936, a 19 year old woman began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She had 34 students in grades 1-8. In those days, students in the seventh and eighth grades were all required to take an end of the ...

Worship and evangelization on the waterfrontSusan Abbott

Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine in the Seaport district of Boston was dedicated by Cardinal O'Malley on April 22. Six months in, it's time to see how things are going. Although the building is new, much ...

Eulogies at Catholic funeralsFather Kenneth Doyle

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 ...