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Uprooting the weeds in our spiritual life

I recently became a first-time homeowner. After renting for nearly three decades, I have immediately recognized the blessings of this status change. For starters, my husband and I have the opportunity ...



One Family in Mission: An Attitude of GratitudeMaureen Crowley Heil

Throughout the year, our Mission Family gives thanks for many things. We are grateful to serve the people of God both here in the Archdiocese of Boston and throughout the mission world. Mostly, we are ...

Catholics of northern Maine petition for a churchThomas Lester

In the papers of Bishop Benedict Fenwick is a petition from Catholics of the Madawaska Plantation, along the St. John River, which forms the border with Canada. The petition was the result of an April ...

George Mitrovich's man Hunter RenfroeDick Flavin

Last December, when the Red Sox signed free agent Hunter Renfroe to a modest $3.1 million dollar contract (if 3.1 million bucks can be deemed "modest," and in baseball terms that's just what it is), I ...

Attacking life and choiceRichard Doerflinger

Congress is heading for a collision on the Hyde amendment, and the stakes could not be higher. This amendment to bills appropriating funds for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named ...

Endurance testScott Hahn

The journey of discipleship is a lifelong exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life. The road can get rough. And when it does, ...

Who can give blessings?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Some years ago you reminded us that receiving the Eucharist at Mass is valid regardless of who distributes it -- so a family should not disrupt the congregation's flow to Communion just to receive ...

Liturgy warsRussell Shaw

Considering the circumstances, I probably should begin this with a personal statement: I am not an aficionado of the Old Mass, otherwise known as the Latin Mass or the Tridentine Mass. In fact, it's been ...

The bishops, Donatism, and President BidenGeorge Weigel

In an article first posted at "Commonweal" and republished on July 7 in "La Croix International," Professor John Thiel of Fairfield University, while criticizing the U.S. bishops' decision to prepare ...