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Transforming prayer

Most of us spend a lot of what we think of as "prayer time" trying to talk God into seeing things our way. We beg and plead, whine and remind, and generally push as hard as we can to get whatever it is ...



I'm not 'intrinsically disordered!'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church ...

Eyesight to the blindScott Hahn

God's ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today's First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel--as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. The blind man stands for ...

Your Pats in their offseasonClark Booth

The great conquerors don't know the meaning of the word "enough." Their appetites are ravenous. There's no "quit" in these bullies until the Reaper Himself blows the whistle. 'Tis ever been thus. On ...

Disciples in Mission and renewed priestly fraternityFather Scott Euvrard

When Cardinal Seán approved Disciples in Mission -- A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston in 2012, I began praying and thinking about the future and the plan's potential for the archdiocese as ...

The loud silence of St. JosephFather Steve Grunow

"We can have recourse to many saints as our intercessors, but go especially to Joseph..." - St. Teresa of Avila Today (3/20) the Church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the ...

Our Shadow and our Self-UnderstandingFather Ron Rolheiser

What is meant when certain schools of psychology today warn us about our "shadow"? What's our shadow? In essence, it's this: We have within us powerful, fiery energies that, for multiple reasons, we ...

Form and chaosJohn Garvey

I am not the first to notice that ideas and styles spread across the fine arts, regardless of medium or genre. In the middle of the 19th century, orchestras grew to 100 or more musicians, and symphonies ...

On "owning" the ChurchGeorge Weigel

The question of "who owns the Church" has had a stormy history in Catholic America, although the terms of reference have changed considerably over time. In the 19th century, "lay trusteeism" -- lay boards ...