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The challenge to live the GospelMichael Reardon

Sitting in silence at St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street after receiving my ashes, these words came to my mind, "Remember that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return" (Gen. 3:19). As a child, I ...

Celebrate this Lent by giving back to those most in needShannon Lyons

This week, a four-year-old boy named Jay held his mother's hand as he walked up the stairs to his new apartment complex. Jay and his mom were moving out of one of Catholic Charities Boston's shelters ...

Cummins Highway is named for Roslindale's first pastorThomas Lester

On March 1, 1929, at 3 p.m., a crowd of over 5,000 people gathered at the intersection adjacent to Sacred Heart Church in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood. They were there to dedicate the recently ...

Eucharistic RevivalRussell Shaw

A New York Times/CBS poll some years ago found that two out of three adult American Catholics didn't believe that at Mass the consecrated bread and wine truly became Jesus' body and blood. Instead, ...

This Lent, say sorry -- and mean itDr. Greg Popcak

Lent is a time of reparation -- a season of sorrow for sins committed and expressions of a sincere desire to reform our lives. But what does it mean to be sorry? What are the components of real remorse? Whether ...

Scripture reflection for Feb. 18, First Sunday of LentDeacon Greg Kandra

Gn 9:8-15 Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 1 Pt 3:18-22 Mk 1:12-15 Was that it? This weekend, the first Sunday of Lent, we hear Mark's account of Jesus going into the desert before he begins his earthly ...

Lent with 'The Chosen'Sister Hosea Rupprecht, FSP

Season four of "The Chosen," the wildly popular series on the life of Jesus that began its existence as a crowd-funded streaming series, is finally here, much to the delight of fans around the world. ...

Father Charles Dominic Ffrench serves the young Diocese of BostonThomas Lester

On Feb. 18, 1834, Father Charles Dominic Ffrench wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston about a school that he commenced in Portland, Maine. St. Dominic Church in that city served as the base for ...

Ash Wednesday and LentRussell Shaw

It happens every year on Ash Wednesday. In our downtown parishes, women and men, old and young, office and construction workers, corporate lawyers, police officers, messengers, and many others cut short ...

Reflection for Feb. 4, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDeacon Greg Kandra

Jb 7:1-4, 6-7 Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 Mk 1:29-39 We've all been there. At the end of a long day, the phone rings, there's a knock on the door, the boss stops by your ...