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Be not afraid

Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test. We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in today's First Reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap and trip us up. For ...



The new new thing recovered from the graveyardKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Trending today is not just the hottest new Internet game. No, the quiet revolution at the creative fringes of American education is a 2,000 year old language: Latin. In tony private schools, inner city ...

Calling God our FatherJohn Garvey

Our last 11 grandchildren in a row have been girls, so I've gotten careful about asserting claims of male prerogative. But this Father's Day got me thinking about how we talk to God. Pope Francis recently ...

Vermont's first resident priestThomas Lester

On June 23, 1847, Father Jeremiah O'Callaghan wrote Bishop John Bernard Fitzpatrick of Boston, describing a terrible epidemic afflicting his congregation in Burlington, Vermont. The culprit was what he ...

A 'Good News' storySister Pat Boyle, CSJ

The work of evangelization has many appearances. In some parishes the focus is on creating a welcoming community. In some, the focus is on strengthening the weekend liturgies with good music and preaching. ...

Dehydration is more common than you thinkAdam Johnson

There is a reasonably good chance that you are dehydrated right now. According to a 2013 CBS report, 75 percent of adults experience chronic dehydration. What may be more startling is that older adults ...

The 2018 synod and the imperative of really listening to Hispanic youthHosffman Ospino

The wheels have been in motion for more than a year in preparation for the October 2018 synod. Bishops, observers and other voices from around the world will gather to reflect about "Young people, faith ...

It's Howdy Doody Time!George Weigel

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I'll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I'm grateful for his homilies, which are almost always thoughtful. Thus in a recent ...

No heaven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am 86 years old. I was baptized as a child, educated for 12 years in Catholic schools and am still a regularly practicing Catholic. Some weeks ago, I read a column of yours that absolutely floored ...