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The humble path

Echoing the complaint heard in last week's readings, today's First Reading again presents protests that God isn't fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin?

COVID-19 vaccine myths

Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent months, particularly in regard to messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines being developed by Moderna, Sanofi, Pfizer, and a handful of other companies. I would like to consider five of these myths.

The straw that stirs the drink

So, there I was, sitting in front of the TV during the ninth inning of another dispiriting Red Sox loss, listening to O'Brien, Eckersley, and Remy as they performed their nightly balancing act, that of not sugar-coating what's happening on the field, yet being entertaining even as they deliver the bad news. The Sox may have been dreadful so far this year, but the broadcasters have been better than ever.

St. Cecilia's and Catholic Charities: Partners supporting the community

Parishioners of St. Cecilia Parish in the Back Bay have volunteered with Catholic Charities of Boston (CCAB) for the past 11 years, providing support in the form of food donations and more.

The providential demise of the Papal States

Evelyn Waugh's Catholic traditionalism was so deep, broad, and intense that self-identified "traditional Catholics" today might seem, in comparison, like the editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter. Yet the greatest of 20th century English prose stylists held what some Catholic traditionalists (notably the "new integralists") would regard as unsound views on the demise of the Papal States: a lengthy historical drama on which the curtain rang down 150 years ago this month.


A friend asked me to write about miracles, taking as an example the events that brought him and his wife together in a happy marriage now in its 58th year. To his credit, he doesn't suggest their case is exceptional. Rather, he sees it as instance of God's hand at work in their lives, just as God is at work in everyone's life. Other people, he suggests, might benefit from seeing their lives the same way he and his wife see theirs.

Sweeter than the honeycomb

I'm certainly not the first person to observe that the tone of our civic discourse has gotten increasingly angry. I have recently come to realize, though, that some people actually like it that way.

Suicide and mortal sin

Q. We have all been dealing with the havoc of the coronavirus, and here on the West Coast, forest fires are causing loss of life and wide property devastation. Some people have lost everything. It has been said that God doesn't allow things to happen beyond what people can cope with, but I'm not sure that this is true.

Acknowledging an abyss; finding a bridge

One of the most remarkable differences between the social protests of the 1960s and those of today is that the former were done in concert with, and often under the explicit leadership of, religious people. One has only to think of the crucially important role played by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and so many of his colleagues and disciples in the civil rights demonstrations 50 and 60 years ago. But we don't find today the same concert between those agitating for social change and the religious leadership. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. Perhaps the most important is simply that the number of people who subscribe to religion, especially in the ranks of the young, has precipitously dropped in our society. But I also think that there is something subtler at play as well, and I have to put on my philosopher's hat to articulate it.

Court appointment one more issue for the Catholic vote, legal experts say