Cambridge, MA. One of the lesser noticed but important contributions of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si comes at the very end: “At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.” (n. 246) The second of these is a beautiful Trinitarian prayer, but it is the first on which I wish to comment here. It is “a prayer for our earth” that is to be shared by all “who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator.” (I give it below, near the end of this post.) Read the complete article
Dylann Roof’s assault was the latest salvo in the racial struggle we have fought since 1865: Who owns America? Writes Professor of History at BC, Heather Cox Richardson. Read the complete article.
Will American Catholics take to heart the teachings of the Pope Francis on “care for our common home” when going to the voting booth? And at a time when nearly half of all Catholics in the United States are Latino, will this Latin American pope have any influence on their political convictions, and thus, on the 2016 election? Read the complete article.
Chestnut Hill, Mass. June 2015. Dan Bunch, director of Learning to Learn, is this year’s winner of the Boston College Community Service Award, given to a University employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. Read the complete article
“It’s not so much that older people are experiencing unseemly gains in income,” said Alicia H. Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. “It’s more that middle-aged people are not seeing income growing or even keeping pace with inflation.” Read the complete article.
CHICAGO — She looked around and saw herself three decades ago, young and uncertain, from a part of town where success is a struggle, not a birthright. She knew what they had been through, what it was like to take the long way home to avoid gangs, what it was like when the family strained to make ends meet.
Read the full article and watch a selection of clips of the first lady’s recent speeches to young people around the country.
Last night comedian Kevin Hart tweeted that, ahead of two Sunday night shows at the TD Garden, he would run a “spontaneous” 5K at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir at 8:45 a.m. So I went. Read the complete article