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The heart of the king

I'm still catching up on the first four seasons, but I've really enjoyed watching "The Crown." To me, the mix of history, personality, and morality play is completely engaging. So much so that ...



In Mission, Always Expect the Unexpected!Maureen Crowley Heil

Traveling to donor sites around the world has given me the opportunity to meet incredible people and experience more than I ever thought I could. As a girl at St. Michael School in Hudson, Massachusetts, ...

Easing burdens through technological temperanceElise Italiano Ureneck

When we speak about the burdens that people bear, we tend to reference what they "carry on their backs" or what's been placed "on their shoulders." When it comes to the hardships of today's children ...

In a dark hourScott Hahn

Jesus exaggerates in today's Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again. Christ occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss ...

Rooting for the bad guysDick Flavin

Dear reader: For your own sake, please be sure that you are seated before reading this missive any further. I am about to admit to a dastardly deed, which brings me great shame. My only defense, weak ...

Love means putting others firstMichael Reardon

Catholic schools do not always have the best facilities or the shiniest new materials, but there is one constant that makes a difference: students are put first, and they are loved. As one student recently ...

Holy Communion without Mass?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. This morning, I went to weekday Mass, as is my custom. Due to a heavy snowstorm in the area, I was the only person there, so the priest decided not to celebrate Mass. I asked whether I could receive ...

Travels through Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

"Over the river and through the woods ..." "From Atlantic to Pacific, gee the traffic is terrific ..." Popular songs in our canon of carols and songs have travel as a key theme. The jarring reference ...

Entering the spiritual space of John the BaptistBishop Robert Barron

One of my favorite places on earth is the great Cathedral of Chartres, located about an hour by train south of Paris. For me, it represents the richest expression of Gothic architecture, and the Gothic ...