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Books for Christmas 2021George Weigel

Some suggestions for Christmas giving, in the form of books that amuse, inspire, educate or all-of-the-above: "Prison Journal, Volume 3 -- The High Court Frees an Innocent Man", by Cardinal George Pell ...

A fair shake for parental choice?Russell Shaw

Four years ago, in a case from Missouri, a majority of justices of the Supreme Court agreed that a Lutheran church that operated a day school was entitled to funding from a state program for upgrading ...

The bishops on the Eucharist and public lifeRichard Doerflinger

On Nov. 17, the assembled Catholic bishops of the United States overwhelmingly approved "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church" by a vote of 222 to 8. Pope Francis' apostolic nuncio ...

Three comings of Christ prepare us for AdventBishop Robert Barron

Many years ago, in the context of a high school religion class, a very wise Benedictine nun gave me a template for understanding Advent that I've never forgotten. It is simply that Advent calls to mind ...

Are we living with a generous heart?Michael Reardon

Generous donors help change the lives of thousands of students and families throughout greater Boston through their support of the Catholic Schools Foundation. Each one gives for their own reason, and ...

Dissing St. BobbyDick Flavin

He said what???!! He said the guy is overrated. Then, in case someone missed it, he said it again. Right out loud. On the radio. And simulcast on cable television. He said that Bobby Orr is overrated. If ...

On being thankful for America at ThanksgivingGeorge Weigel

This Thanksgiving, no one living in the United States should be anything but profoundly grateful for the privilege of living in this country. No one. That's not necessarily a popular sentiment today. ...

A note of thanks in Ordinary TimesLucia A. Silecchia

My mother was a fan of thank you notes. I was not. Although I liked to write, this particular genre was not a favorite of mine in my younger days. I will admit that, after Christmas or my birthday, ...

Communion lessonsGreg Erlandson

It is hard to believe that people once considered the Catholic press boring. At least when it comes to opinions, as opposed to news, it never lacks for controversy. Nothing is spared, from pope to priest ...

The gift of our women religiousLisa Lipsett

The work of women religious is inextricably woven into the fabric and mission of our Church. Speaking in 2014 about the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis said, "But let us think a little about what ...