Luke Hill is a writer and community organizer in Boston. He blogs at dotCommonweal and MassCommons.
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In many ways the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day---preceded by the reenactment of Paul Revere's Ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord that launched the American Revolution, along side the Boston Red Sox playing major league baseballs only morning game of the year at nearby
How did you celebrate Easter this year?Our parish's vigil Mass began in the entryway of the church, with the doors open. Since the church is on a main avenue, we start with the sounds of the city all around us, a reminder that the first Easter also took part amid the bustle and distractions of city life. I always enjoy the quick, almost furtive, yet joyful, whispered greetings of "Happy Easter!" as people welcome each other in the darkened sanctuary. (It's here! Finally! And so are we!
In many ways, Barack Obama's second inaugural speech was utterly characteristic: he began with the Declaration of Independence, which conservatives have worked mightily over the past four years to put to the service of their own ideology and agenda...and then used it as the keystone on which to construct the argument for his own, far more progressive, vision and agenda.Consider this an open thread for discussing the speech, or anything else related to today's inaugural ceremonie
It's the first Sunday of Advent. In our house that means the Christmas music has started. From now through Epiphany, for hours each day, via cassette tapes, compact discs and mp3 files, Christmas music will resound.A New England Christmas and Feliz Navidad in Santa Fe.
What do you do after winning four Olympic gold medals?If you're U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, you go home to Colorado for your last chance to swim with your high school team. Franklin's a senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, and will---as she did last winter---swim an abbreviated schedule with her schoolmates this winter.
In last Friday's edition of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead*, reporter Erik Burgess advanced the story of Lennon Cihak, the Barnesville MN teenager denied the sacrament of confirmation by his pastor, Fr. Gary LaMoine of Assumption Parish, for Cihak's public support of same-sex civil marriage. Burgess reported, among other things, that:
Assumption Church is in Barnesville, Minnesota, a town about 30 minutes southeast on I-94 from Fargo, North Dakota. Fr.
Personally, I blame CCHD.Okay, that's an overstatement. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is not solely---or even primarily---responsible for the fact Pres. Obama won re-election, or that the Republican party is only just now waking up (it is to be hoped) to the fact that it doesn't know how to talk to people from different backgrounds.