• Gluttony and the Seven Deadly Sins

    Gluttony and the Seven Deadly Sins

    • Nov 23, 2016

    Nothing says Thanksgiving like turkey, gravy and cranberries spilling over festive tables. But as we prepare to indulge in a sumptuous feast, a little reminder of why gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins and what the holiday is really about.

  • A Thanksgiving note of gratitude to our elderly religious

    A Thanksgiving note of gratitude to our elderly religious

    • Nov 23, 2016

    Mark Zimmermann, editor of the Catholic Standard, shares the story of how he reconnected with Sister Kathleen Donovan, his fourth grade teacher, reminding us how Thanksgiving offers an opportunity to give thanks to the elderly religious men and women who have shaped our lives.

  • Thanksgiving leftovers: 'Pieces of April'

    Thanksgiving leftovers: 'Pieces of April'

    • Dec 4, 2015

    Thanksgiving is over, but for Hulu users “Pieces of April” has just arrived. It’s also available to Amazon Prime users. Now a dozen years old, “Pieces of April” (2003) is one of the most endearing entries in the dysfunctional family Thanksgiving subgenre. Writer-director Peter Hedges specializes in hopeful stories about

  • Helping the homeless this week — and next

    • Nov 25, 2015

    Thanksgiving season is the time of year when many of us pitch in to help the homeless. Dr. Jim O’Connell and his team of doctors and nurses will still be helping them next week and the week after that. You’ve heard of street preachers. O’Connell is a street doctor. He

  • Giving thanks for the stranger

    • Nov 27, 2014

    The Pilgrims were immigrants, and the example they offer us is as spiritually and morally urgent today as any institutionalized Sacrament. That first Thanksgiving was a kind of Communion table in the best sense of the word — a nearly miraculous event that continues to reveal our capacities for tolerance