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Waiting well during AdventElise Italiano Ureneck

While I can rattle off a long list of positive things about being raised in the Northeast (the quality of bagels, access to cultural events in big cities and proximity to the ocean top the list), an honest ...

The 150th anniversary of the First Vatican CouncilThomas Lester

Dec. 8, 2019, marked 150 years since the opening session of the First Vatican Council (Vatican I). For 10 months, leaders of the Catholic Church from around the globe gathered in Rome, and over four public ...

Tip O'Neill -- a baseball guyDick Flavin

This week, Dec. 9, to be specific, marks the 107th anniversary of the birth of Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It's now 33 years since he stepped down as speaker of the house ...

Books for Christmas -- 2019George Weigel

Resist the twitterization of thought -- give books for Christmas! The following titles will delight, instruct, edify (or all of the above): "Churchill: Walking with Destiny," by Andrew Roberts (Viking): ...

Finding reason to hope amid the pessimismGreg Erlandson

My father-in-law, Joseph, was a wonderful guy. An immigrant who passionately loved America, he was hardworking, honest and thrifty. He had a laborer's hands but a poet's mind. Joseph had seen enough of ...

Medicine and a 'Sense of the Sacred'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As clergy, we touch upon very holy realities when we baptize, consecrate the Eucharist, give absolution to sinners, or anoint the sick. These special moments engage divine grace in deep and important ...

When it comes to giving, less is moreLaura Kelly Fanucci

Every year my sister and I make the same promise to each other. "One year, we're not going to do presents at all," we declare over the phone. "And it will be the best Christmas ever." Our kids are all ...

Jacoby Ellsbury: deal or no dealDick Flavin

Jacoby Ellsbury was never a great fan favorite in these parts, even during his best days with the Red Sox. He never really connected with the fan base. During his one truly great season in Boston in 2011 ...

A last chance for Australian justiceGeorge Weigel

My late parents loved Cardinal George Pell, whom they knew for decades. So I found it a happy coincidence that, on November 12 (which would have been my parents' 70th wedding anniversary), a two-judge ...

Archbishop SheenRussell Shaw

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's legion of admirers can only hope his beatification, originally scheduled December 21 in his home diocese of Peoria and now postponed by the Vatican, will soon take place. The ...