Sister Patricia McCarthy
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On the second Sunday after Christmas, in a small inner city church, an elderly woman and a young man brought up the end of the Communion line. The young man was having difficulty walking. It was … more
Catholic Churches, especially in the former predominantly Catholic areas in the Northeast, are closing or merging and have been doing so for the past decade. Some dioceses and some pastors are doing … more
The day after the Las Vegas shooting a first grader came to school with a few pages, carefully printed in the best first grade script she could manage. On the first page she had written, “Guns are … more
For most of western cultures, June is the month of graduations at every level, from kindergarten to advanced university students. It is always a time to celebrate. For some the accomplishment is easy … more
The rain was torrential. The sanitation worker was in the yard standing near his truck, waiting to begin his route. In an attempt to get out of the downpour, he jumped into the back of the truck, … more
If Pope Francis were to announce that Fridays would become meatless again for Catholics, there would be frenzy on all kinds of social media. The texts and tweets would be flying; morning talk shows … more
“We need Christians who make God’s mercy and tenderness for every creature visible to the men and women of our day. We all know that the crisis of modern man is not superficial but profound… … more
Usually articles in the Catholic Press during Advent start with quotes from the prophet Isaiah who promised a light will shine in the darkness or Amos who foretold that Bethlehem would be the birth … more
Patrick of Ireland is revisited every year by Irish Americans in a quasi-nationalistic-religious way in the days leading up to March 17. The songs of the many revolutions and dreams of the Irish are … more
By Sister Patricia McCarthy, CND We all know the story; the details are familiar. Mary is pregnant with God’s Son. Joseph, her husband, is at her side. Political officials have decreed that they … more
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