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Welcoming the StrangerFather Ron Rolheiser

In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, ...

Overturning Roe v WadeMichael Pakaluk

(The following are edited remarks by Michael Pakaluk to the Massachusetts Caucus at the March for Life, Jan. 27, 2017. -- Ed.) My first car was an AMC Matador made in 1973. Perhaps because Matador means ...

God's Power as PowerlessnessFather Ron Rolheiser

The French novelist and essayist, Leon Bloy, once made this comment about God's power in our world: "God seems to have condemned himself until the end of time not to exercise any immediate right of a ...

Acedia and SabbathFather Ron Rolheiser

Early Christian monks believed in something they called, Acedia. More colloquially, they called it, the Noonday Devil, a name that essentially describes the concept. Acedia, for them, was different from ...

Taking our Wounds to the EucharistFather Ron Rolheiser

Recently a man came to me, asking for help. He carried some deep wounds, not physical wounds, but emotional wounds to his soul. What surprised me initially was that, while he was deeply wounded, he ...

'The holiest priest I ever knew'Michael Pakaluk

St. Lawrence was martyred by being roasted on a gridiron over an open flame. "This side is well done," he joked, "You may turn me over now." But perhaps we forget why he was martyred so gruesomely. A ...

A tranquilizing crisisFather Eugene Hemrick

The children's Christmas Mass was packed. In past years, it exuded busyness: children putting on a pageant, proud parents and grandparents watching and music abounding. Not so this year! What changed ...

Hell for 75 centsEffie Caldarola

When I was a young woman, I went to the grocery store with my mom in the farm town where I grew up. It was before the days of computerized cash registers that automatically revealed the amount of change ...

Mary, the Mother of God Father John Catoir

Christmas cards abound with the picture of Mary holding the Christ child. It is one of the most endearing images seen repeatedly during the Christmas season. Some of the most famous paintings of Mary ...

50 years of priesthoodFather Albert J. Sallese

How do you discern a vocation? This question troubled me for a long time. Deep in my heart, I knew I was being called at an early age, but I did not want to respond. I thought I wanted to be a banker. ...