Do you know what a talent is? This is a question that Mary McGlone asks in her reflection on today’s Gospel parable. A talent is a measure of weight, specifically the typical weight of a soldier’s pack, something in the range of 75 to 100 pounds. As it is used in this parable, it refers […]

Today, we celebrate the oldest and first-ranked of Rome’s four great basilicas. St. John was surnamed “Lateran” because it stands on the site of the palace of the family of the Laterani. During his reign as emperor, Constantine gave the palace and its lands to the church in 311. A papal residence until the scandal […]

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead…and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. (Wis. 3:2-3) Today, we remember and celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us. Paige Byrne Shortal tells a story about grieving and remembering that I found touching. Years ago […]

Which commandment in the law is the greatest? The Sadducees were silenced last week when they asked if it was lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not. In today’s Gospel the Pharisees are trying to test Jesus by asking the question above. There were 613 laws in the Torah. Jesus was critical […]

Who in their right mind starts a debate with Jesus and expects to win?” In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees’ disciples and Herodians try to trap Jesus by presenting an either/or quandary – “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” The tax in question was imposed on every adult man, woman […]

Next weekend is Mission Sunday. There will be a second collection to assist missionary efforts by our Church throughout the world. Below is a letter from Bishop Finn. “Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis begins his message for this year’s celebration of World Mission Sunday with these words. […]

The theme for Respect Life Month is: Each of us is a Masterpiece of God’s creation. Below are excerpts from Pope Francis’ “Day for Life Greeting.” Imagine yourself pausing in front of a design of great beauty. Your soul quiets and is filled with wonder and awe. If art, created by man, can evoke such […]


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