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Never-ending parenting

A dear friend recently became a grandma for the first time and now the baby is "already" a month old. How did that happen so quickly? In a couple of months, two of my three children will "already" be ...



The varied ministry of a religious brotherBrother Charles Gilbert, OMI

I send you Greetings from Lowell on the shores of the Merrimack River. About 51 years ago I made my first vows as a religious brother. Recently, a lady in a church foyer asked me "What's the difference ...

April in BostonClark Booth

Things in our fragile sporting world can flip-flop willy-nilly in April, of which -- we are again reminded painfully -- oft tends to be the cruelest of the months. What a difference a fortnight makes. Seems ...

Brotherhood of Hope: What's a Brother?Brother Kenneth Apuzzo

What is a brother? Why become a brother? What is the difference between a brother and a priest? Why aren't all brothers priests? These are some of the questions that the Brotherhood of Hope has encountered ...

The ambiguity of the empty crossHosffman Ospino

During the 40 days of Lent, Catholics prepared spiritually and liturgically to celebrate Easter. Yes, it was worthy. The Lord is risen! Because of those Lenten days, we are better disposed to celebrate ...

What our collaborative is and is notBrian Romer Niemiec

I started working for the Sacred Heart and Our Lady's Collaborative in Newton about 18 months ago. By that time, this "Phase I" experiment had already written its local pastoral plan and was at the very ...

Tired of religious discrimination?Richard Doerflinger

New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch hit the ground running in April, taking part in oral arguments on what I see as this year's most important case. At issue is a Missouri program for safer playgrounds ...

Preach the gospel always ... Mirrors of the Gospel messageBrother John Maganzini, OFM

Religious Brothers are men who, as an extension of their baptismal commitment and members of the priesthood of Christ, respond to a "call" to serve the Church in a variety of ministries. Under the umbrella ...

Emmaus and usScott Hahn

We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today's Gospel. Downcast and confused they're making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred. They know ...