Heart full of hope: the story behind the beautiful cover of Boston Magazine

From the Atlantic Wire:  For their May cover, following the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Magazine has created an indelible image made from shoes worn by the marathon’s runners. The cover, while evoking the horror of the bombing, is primarily a forward looking message. Text inside the heart created by the shoes reads: “We Will Finish the Race.” Boston [Read More...]

Citing bombings, Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley warns of “culture of death,” opposes death penalty for suspect

Details:  Boston’s Catholic archbishop marked the city’s renewed sense of community after the marathon bombings but warned of the “culture of death” that led to the tragedy, calling on the faithful to “build a civilization of love.” At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley offered Sunday’s Mass, which was attended by [Read More...]

VIDEO: Cardinal O’Malley tells Boston mourners, “We must overcome the culture of death”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s remarks from today’s interfaith memorial service at the cathedral in Boston. [Read more...]

How can you keep from singing? A great rendition of the National Anthem tonight in Boston

As the YouTube description puts it: Before the Bruins-Sabres game, Rene Rancourt starts singing, and then the TD Garden crowd takes it home as Boston returns to sports two days after the bombing at the Boston Marathon. God bless Boston.  God bless America. [Read more...]

“God knows, too, what it is to lose a loved one in an unjust attack…”

I quoted from this sermon after Sandy Hook, and it’s worth reprinting here today. This is part of the great Presbyterian minister Timothy Keller’s sermon which he preached on the five-year anniversary of 9/11: I’d like to freely acknowledge that every faith – and we are an interfaith gathering today – every faith has great [Read More...]

Pope Francis prays that “all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil”

The Holy Father sent a telegram today, through his Secretary of State: His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley Archbishop of Boston Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy [Read More...]

Boston grieves: prayers for 8-year-old Martin Richard

This image, from Facebook, appears to be his First Communion picture. Details:   The 8-year-old boy killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon has been identified as Martin Richard, The Boston Globe reported. The boy was at the event to watch his father race, according to TV station WHDH. Richard’s mother and 6-year-old sister were recovering [Read More...]

The good people of Boston

They were everywhere Monday: the good guys.  EMS workers, rescuers, cops, volunteers, runners who completed the race and kept running, to go to the hospital and donate blood. People noticed the Twitter feed of former New England Patriot star Joe Andruzzi went quiet Monday afternoon.  Turns out, he was helping victims downtown.  (See picture). That’s [Read More...]

Must-read: What kind of man wants to be a priest today?

Yesterday, I posted on the peculiar way that Fr. Michael Pfleger marked Holy Thursday a couple years ago. Well, the person who stumbled on that video was Boston Magazine Executive Editor Patrick Doyle, who spent months seeking to answer a question that has haunted the American Church for the last decade: who would possibly want [Read More...]

Ordination update: 10 new deacons in Boston

From the Boston Pilot:  Standing before their wives, children, friends and parishioners, 10 men were ordained permanent deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley on Sept. 22 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. “The Church is blessed to have these 10 fine men answer the call of God,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his homily. Those [Read More...]