Daring to do all we can

In the epic Lauda Sion Salvatorem Gospel Sequence he wrote for the inaugural celebration of Corpus Christi in 1264, and still used today, St....

The canonization of the spiritual father of our spiritual father

On Sunday, May 15, Pope Francis will canonize 10 new saints. The headliners across the Catholic world will likely be Father Titus Brandsma (d....

Is foul language necessary to share the faith credibly?

One of the unfortunate controversies about Mark Wahlberg’s new movie “Father Stu,” especially in Catholic circles, concerns the movie’s heavy use of foul language.  One...

Sharing the triumph of the Victor-Victim

On some Good Fridays, especially those that occur on sunny spring days, it can be spiritual challenging to enter interiorly into darkness that descended...

A heart stronger than weapons of every kind

Last Friday, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation marking the Incarnation of the Son of God in response to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s fiat,...

Responding to our vocation as peacemakers

As we witness the appalling images of death and destruction from Ukraine and many — including some national leaders — behave as if they’re...

The pope’s Lenten Message

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Pope Francis begins his Lenten Message by urging us to reflect on this quote: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in...

Crisis in the Ukraine

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At press time the war has not broken out yet. God willing (and it is rather certain that this would be His will), it...

A little good news

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Back in 1983 the Canadian singer Anne Murray released a song which, unfortunately, is still timely today. Entitled “A little good news,” it begins...

Love, not presumption

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In the New Bedford Standard-Times on January 13 there was an editorial cartoon entitled “Full House,” with a halo over the “u,” and with...

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