Trash Wednesday

I wonder sometimes why I can remember some things well back into my past, and other times I have no recollection of events just as far removed.

I think it’s common with …

Reviving a sense of mission in the Amazon

Pope Francis was elected to bring about a missionary metamorphosis of the Church. 

The “next pope,” Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, told his brother cardinals during their pre-…

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. …

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 …

Be the light

The winter serves as a stark reminder that there are so many of our brothers and sisters in great need. The cold, bitter nights remind us that so many are homeless, lacking …

Get behind me, Satan

There comes to mind at this time the story of the lady who went shopping for a dress one day. Seeing a fabulous dress on display in the store window with a price tag of $75, which …

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. …

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 …


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