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2019

Pilgrim’s Progress: St. Francis Chapel

by Justin Schnebelen

 

Pilgrim's Progress is a new feature highlighting sites of interest for Catholics in the Boston Area.

 

Long before Pope Francis urged Catholics to engage and serve the “peripheries” of society, the late Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, took a very similar sentiment to heart. For one must travel to the heart of Boston to stumble upon the gloriously humble nook where the St. Francis Chapel is lodged. Flanked by Ben & Jerry’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, one could have trouble identifying the space as a likely home for the Church. But that’s exactly how it was intended to be: “the heart of Christ in the heart of Boston.” The church is immersed in the bustle of daily life, where convention attendees, lawyers, baristas, and priests share a common space.

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28

Feb

2019

The Strangeness of Truth: A Book for the New Evangelization

by Olivia Colombo

 

On February 11, surrounded by tidy stacks of crisp books, Fr. Damian Ference sat, pen in hand, prepared to autograph books. Just far enough removed from the buzz of the Boston, the Pauline Books & Media store in Dedham was full of its regular Saturday morning customers and cheerful religious sisters. On break from his doctoral studies in Rome, the Cleveland priest Fr. Ference had come to share his new book with friends and visitors. As the morning sunlight filtered through the storefront, the room was filled with soft, intellectual chatter about Fr. Ference’s first book, The Strangeness of Truth: Vibrant Faith in a Dark World.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Bird Box: Sin and Temptation

by Quentin Bet

 

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Bird Box.

 

Netflix touted Bird Box as the streaming platform’s most successful film premiere, garnering an impressive 45 million views in just one week after its release in mid-December. This success should come as no surprise—the movie’s name has cropped up in even the most remote corners of the internet, and has piqued the curiosity of many. The thriller’s popularity remains strong even a month after its release: it has blessed us with a plethora of meme material, and even inspired its own (potentially dangerous) blindfold-themed challenge. Perhaps the movie’s greatest contribution, though, is the excess of theories and speculations its plot has generated. While some viewers accept Bird Box for what it is, others can’t help but ask themselves: “What does it all mean?”

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Vatican Establishes Track Team for Olympics

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

In 2 Timothy 4:17, St. Paul famously proclaimed, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” The Vatican has given the verse more literal meaning through the establishment of an official track team earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, the Vatican has “the aim of competing in international competitions as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee.” Beyond the Olympics, the team joined the Italian track association and will compete within various international competitions. Current team members include Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, pharmacists, and professors. The track team is the first legally established Vatican athletic team, although there is an unofficial soccer team and a cricket team.

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30

Jan

2019

Pilgrim’s Progress: Madonna Queen of the Universe National Shrine

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Pilgrim's Progress is a new feature highlighting sites of interest for Catholics in the Boston area. 

 

Many Catholics seek to creatively reinvigorate their prayer life. One can pursue this goal with a pilgrimage, a prayerful journey to a place of spiritual significance. The Church affirms the importance of pilgrimage in the Catechism, which states, “Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven” (CCC 2691). However, in everyday life, it’s impossible for many of us to drop everything and go to the Holy Land or Rome. Therefore, this new segment will highlight the hidden Catholic gems around Boston for your next local pilgrimage.

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Dec

2018

Who Will Be the Bishop of Mars?

Photo of the surface of Mars taken by Opportunity Rover | NASA
Photo of the surface of Mars taken by Opportunity Rover | NASA

by Olivia Colombo

 

On November 26, NASA’s InSight Mars rover plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere and landed on the rocky, red surface in order to study the inner qualities of the planet, gathering information for the mission to send humans to Mars in the next 15 years.

 

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

Fibs and Father Christmas

by Gerard DeAngelis

 

Every year the Christmas season provokes many critiques about the secularized nature of one of Christianity’s most important feasts. Among many insights provided by the Common Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, one critique—although admittedly not the most important—he might bring to the table is this: Isn’t it wrong to be lying to our kids about Santa Claus?

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Dec

2018

Religiosity of Starbucks Holiday Cups

Starbucks Holiday Cup Designs for 2018 | Starbucks
Starbucks Holiday Cup Designs for 2018 | Starbucks

by Ethan Starr

 

The American holiday season maintains a certain number of constant features throughout our nation’s annual staging of its dueling secular and religious interpretations of winter holidays. Each of these respective celebratory methods would be rendered unrecognizable without their trademarks, including recognizable inclusions of daily life in the winter season, from nativity scenes to inflatable reindeer, attending a parish’s midnight mass to visiting the local mall Santa. 

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