Luke Hill

Luke Hill is a writer and community organizer in Boston. He blogs at dotCommonweal and MassCommons. 

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The Man With The Cowboy Hat

Today for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings I walked past the Arredondos' house.

Tragedy at America's Biggest Small Town Parade

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

Celebrating Easter - Open Thread

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!

President Obama's Inaugural Speech - Open Thread

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

Music In Advent

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.

And Now For My Next Act...

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.

The Church For Those Who Disagree With Each Other

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:

The New Evangelization At Work?

Assumption Church is in Barnesville, Minnesota, a town about 30 minutes southeast on I-94 from Fargo, North Dakota. Fr.

Reorganizing the Republican Party, One Conversation at a Time

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.

Mass. Rejects Physician-Assisted Suicide

Massachusetts voters narrowly (51%-49%) rejected a referendum question that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide. Opponents of Question 2 raised more money ($2.6 million v.