Let’s not perish together as fools

I’m putting this column together on what is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. It’s no secret that MLK is one of my all-time heroes in life. Like all …

Celebrating joyfully the First Sunday of the Word of God

On January 26, the Church will celebrate for the first time an important new annual feast, the Sunday of the Word of God, which Pope Francis established last September 30 …

Merton contemplation and action

January is a month when justice receives national recognition. The nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. days before thousands assemble in Washington, D.C. to march for life. …

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.” …

How now brown cow?

Those few words, “How now, brown cow?” is what we might call a lighthearted way of asking, “What’s up, doc?” or “What’s next?” Dictionaries tell us that the expression has its origin …

Finding Cindy Lou Who

This year Christmas at my home came and went without my having festive plans or even a tree. As we moved past Christmas towards the beginning of a new year, I found myself reflecting upon the Grinch and Whoville. …

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 …

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 the community, the Catholic school uniform is a hallmark that distinguishes our Catholic schools and students. …

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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