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'That class changed my life'Shannon Lyons

''Sometimes, I stop and think to myself, 'Is this real?' When I came to this country, I spoke zero English. Now, I can read and write and say anything I want." Born in Mexico and raised ...

Scripture Reflection for June 23, 2024, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDeacon Greg Kandra

Jb 38:1, 8-11 Ps 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 2 Cor 5:14-17 Mk 4:35-41 Rembrandt got it. Centuries ago, the artist captured the scene in this Sunday's Gospel -- a scene full of raging waves ...

The establishment of St. Mary Church in Newport, R.I.Thomas Lester

On Saturday, June 14, 1849, Bishop John Fitzpatrick of Boston was in Newport, Rhode Island, to lay the cornerstone of St. Mary Church. The "History of the Archdiocese of Boston" reveals that Newport ...

'Gatsby' nearing century markRussell Shaw

Several miles outside Washington, DC, in a bustling Maryland suburb called Rockville, there's a small cemetery next to a Catholic church. In it is a headstone bearing two names: Francis Scott Key ...

Summer media survival tips for parentsSister Hosea Rupprecht, FSP

When I was a kid, my main form of media consumption was books. I used to go to the library and check out four or five Hardy Boys books at a time. I don't know why I never got into Nancy Drew (I am ...

Pope Francis' CBS interview is surprisingly and refreshingly clearGretchen R. Crowe

In one of the memorable early moments of his pontificate, Pope Francis told millions of young people gathered in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day to "Hagan lio!" or "Make a mess!" Some might say that, ...

Scripture Reflection for June 9, 2024, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDeacon Greg Kandra

Gn 3:9-15 Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 2 Cor 4:13-5:1 Mk 3:20-35 Have you ever felt rejected by the people you love? You're in good company. The Scriptures this Sunday show what Jesus went through ...

Meeting Jesus at midnight or in the wee small hoursElizabeth Scalia

We all have them, those desperate times, particularly in the wee small hours of the morning, when illness or anxiety pulls us up from our beds and down to our knees, or keeps us on our feet, pacing the ...

How to give, receive and recognize giftsGretchen R. Crowe

It's birthday month in our home, a time when four of the five of us flip the page that welcomes a new year and a new number. When you throw in Mother's Day, end-of-year events, new sacraments ...

Patriarch Kirill and UkraineRussell Shaw

While the human suffering caused by the war in Ukraine is incomparably worse than any other evil arising from that conflict, it's no stretch to say another casualty of this disastrous war has been ...