I guess I’m a goat

Human beings are inherently prone to debating issues. Most love a good old disagreement, and that’s cool, as long as in the end, folks learn to agree to disagree with respect …

What is the purpose of a homily? 

In my last column, I discussed the Pew Research Center’s recently released study entitled, “The Digital Pulpit: A Nationwide Analysis of Online Sermons,” which examined the …

Hospitality

Welcome to the season of feasts when we eat well and often. The leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner have barely been consumed when we find ourselves ushering in another Liturgical …

The foxes and the henhouse

Probably the biggest bioethics story of 2019 involved Dr. Jankui He (known to his associates as “JK”), a Chinese scientist who employed a new technology called CRISPR/Cas9 …

O come, let us adore Him

So many voices rightfully press for justice in the public square, and we are increasingly asked to consider what exactly constitutes fundamental rights. The conversation, although …

Surprise! Lawyers called to holiness

The following is an excerpt from a talk I gave following the Archdiocese of Boston’s Red Mass on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

The work of a lawyer can be understood variously. …

Rejoice, for the Lord is near

Christmas is right around the corner, as we enter into the third Sunday of Advent. This weekend’s Mass is referred to as “Gaudete” Sunday which is the Latin word for “rejoice.” …

As time goes by

Those of you who are into British sitcoms will recognize the title of this article as the name of a popular BBC sitcom which aired from 1992 to 2005 and its reruns are still viewed …

The day of reckoning

The Gospel readings these past few weekends have been or will be about fire and brimstone awaiting those who make bad choices and stick with them. Our Lord did speak about consequences following Judgement Day. …

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. …

A Grinchy heart

I do not know how this happens, but every year since I started writing for The Anchor, I have had to write an article for the Third Sunday of Advent. Gaudete Sunday, meaning “rejoice” in Latin, is the pink Sunday of Advent. …

The everlasting evergreen: 
The history and symbolism of the Christmas tree

The Season of Christmas

Presents have been opened, abundant amounts of eggnog have been consumed, and laughter and Christmas joy have filled the air. The Catholic Church celebrates …

A Catholic teaching seldom explored

Catholic social teaching is often referred to as “the best kept secret of the Catholic Church.” This teaching concerns the role we as disciples of Jesus Christ play to make our world a more just and peaceful place. …

Visions of a new Church: Same as the old Church!

Changes in parishes across the country have caused many people to become angry or frustrated with the Church. Change is never easy. In our society people expect to be heard and have their opinions count. …


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