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  • The Exercises are ending, and panic has ensued

    • Apr 29, 2015

    Talking about faith is not unlike talking about sex. It’s awkward, and the feelings evoked can be impossible to describe. Yet for nearly nine months now, I’ve spent two hours a week talking about big and little faith experiences. Every second Sunday I’m with a group of Catholics going through

  • Boston’s top cop, shaped by his Catholic faith, is torn on the death penalty

    • Apr 22, 2015

    He’s a serious Catholic and a serious cop. Only Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans knows which comes first. On Monday, Evans spent a rainy day with his officers patrolling the legendary Boston Marathon route where, two years ago, the Tsarnaev brothers set off their deadly bombs. The next day, jurors

  • Looking for silence with Bill Sheehan

    • Apr 15, 2015

    If Father Bill Sheehan were your parish priest, the pews would be packed for every Mass he said. As it is, he’s in huge demand all over the country to lead retreats where everyone sits for hours a day, eyes closed, in a silent meditation known as Centering Prayer. And

  • Returning to the faith takes time – and effort

    • Apr 8, 2015

    I went to Mass Sunday with a life-long Catholic who hadn’t been to church in years. But grateful for some wonderful good luck, he decided to show up and give thanks. Plus, it was Easter. But we weren’t out the door a minute before he said he felt nothing but

  • This week, wrenching sorrow to genuine joy

    • Apr 1, 2015

    This is, for me, a schizophrenic week. From Palm Sunday to Easter, Holy Week offers a feast of solemn services. There’s Tenebrae, when each of 15 candles set high on an altar stand is gradually extinguished, symbolizing Christ’s death. Each candle goes dark as a psalm is read. Finally, the

  • Visiting the hauntingly peaceful Omaha Beach

    • Mar 25, 2015

    OMAHA BEACH, Normandy — I’d seen “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Longest Day” and read in history books, like everyone else, about the great Normandy invasion. On its 50th anniversary, June 6, 1994, I learned, stunned, that my best childhood friend’s father was among the first soldiers to land on