Dormant no longer

We’re almost there folks. By the time this Anchor edition is published, spring will be less than two weeks away.

There are several indications this is so. One, already …

Virtues needed for a time of crisis

During the 1576 plague that menaced Milan and eventually took 25,000 lives, the civil government fled the city out of fear. The Archbishop of Milan, St. Charles Borromeo, …

Healing

“The prison-house in which I live is falling to decay. But God renews my spirit’s strength, within these walls of clay.” —Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The Lenten season thus begins …

Christian girls and abortion

When Mother Teresa visited New Bedford in June 1995, she told those of us gathered at St. Lawrence Martyr Church: “Abortion is the greatest evil of today.” Never one to mince …

The power of small courtesies

In 1982, sociologists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling introduced the “broken window theory” in The Atlantic Monthly magazine, suggesting that when small acts of vandalism …

The background of The Little Sisters’ faithful religious practices

On January 17, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it had agreed to review a decision of a federal appeals court in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania that …

Healing our blindness

This weekend we are once again being reminded to be the light for others, to lift the darkness from their lives, as well as our own.  We are also asked to not be too quick to …

Hunting the shoals of herring

“With our nets and gear we’re faring on the wild and wasteful ocean.

“It’s there that we hunt and earn our bread as we hunt the bonny shoals of herring.”

It isn’t often that I awake …

Finding the great person inside

The concierge handed me a business card with the cell number for the Uber driver. I texted him. I was in a crafts shop when my phone pinged. The retired educator I had been speaking with paused her story as I checked my phone. …

One in 10

I once heard a story about a man who had passed away and was getting a tour of Heaven with St. Peter. They approached a room that was bustling with activity. There were angels and babies everywhere. …

Desperation move

I just got back from the March for Life where I was blessed to attend the Life is Very Good Rally on the Thursday night and the Friday morning. The emcee at both of the conferences was fantastic. …

Walking in the footsteps of Christ

This past Christmas break, I had the blessing of going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with my seminary. There, the Scriptures came alive, as I saw and experienced the …

Why do Catholic school students wear uniforms?

During this Catholic Schools Week 2020, it is an opportune moment to reflect on one of the more distinctive facets of Catholic schools: uniforms. Whether it be in school or in …

Mary, Mother of the Church and mother of the domestic Church

According to the “Catechism,” “The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love.” The family — based on the permanent union of one man and one woman in Marriage — is threatened by a culture of death that promotes isolation from God. …


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