The 'Boston 58'

A lesson in being 'not nasty'

On the second Wednesday of Lent at Saint Augustine Church in Andover, Massachusetts, Father Alfred Ellis offered up a special intention at the early morning Mass. "Let us pray for those who have strayed from the faith, that they may be reconciled with the church and with God," he asked. Concern about people’s faith is, of course, what you’d expect from a priest. In those early days of Lent, Ellis gently reminded us of the ways of worshiping reverently, for example, the...

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William Bole is a journalist and co-author, with Bob Abernethy, of The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World.