Commentary

Uncut Diamonds: Priestly formation in an era of epochal change

When I arrived at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary as the rector three years ago, I thought I knew how to answer the question of how someone becomes a Catholic priest. I was wrong.
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Women’s History Month: The Daughters of Charity

Women's History Month is the perfect time to celebrate the legacies of the many congregations of women religious who pioneered health care, education and social services in the United States. 
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Amen: Men of Letters

Reading Archbishop Lori’s pastoral letter on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's principles of nonviolence prompted Paul McMullen to consider his actions – and inaction – on issues of race and discrimination.
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The Archdiocese of Baltimore, pro sports and the Sabbath

The era of “blue laws” restricted most business operations on Sunday. In the city, that meant Major League Baseball and National Football League games could not start before 2:05 p.m.
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The day I thought a shooter was on campus

In a split second, the place that we called home could have become one in a list of many: Sandy Hook, Oklahoma City, Columbine, the World Trade Center, the Boston Marathon and now Parkland. It only takes one person with malicious intent to uproot and destroy lives.
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Wearin’ of the Green

I’ve never been to the Emerald Isle. But throughout my childhood, my mother made sure my siblings and I knew we were Irish.
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Prayer: Leading not into temptation

A 2017 neurological study suggests that we can lean on a key practice to give us the spiritual muscle to rise above temptations: prayer.
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Time for action on gun violence

“Thoughts and prayers” are an appropriate, initial, compassionate response to any tragedy, including the death of innocents at a concert, church or school. But a solution requires action. And the time for action is now. 
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The Things We Do for Love, Part Two: Be an Advocate

God chose me because I am a natural advocate. He has given me a voice and a platform to keep spreading the word about autism, not only for Frank, but for everyone else who is a piece of the puzzle.
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Where to get married?

Father Doyle fields a question about where a wedding can take place in a marriage between a Catholic and a Christian of another denomination.
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Enduring power of nonviolence

Archbishop William E. Lori answers questions about his pastoral letter, "The Enduring Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Principles of Nonviolence."
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The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

Peterson’s considerable erudition is on clear display throughout his latest book, but so is his very real experience in the trenches as a practicing psychotherapist.
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