The Laity’s Call to ...

When we think about poverty, we usually think about starving children in the third world, the homeless, or the elderly living on fixed incomes. We may feel badly for these people and occasionally drop a donation for them in the collection basket or hand a beggar a few dollars. Rarely do we...

Some Obstacles to Ha...

“If you are unhappy, I question whether you are truly Christian.” So concludes my columnist-colleague and brother Dominican, TJ Burdick, at the close of his latest column. And there is something to be said for Mr. Burdick’s conclusion: the happy are those who are blessed, and...

Justice Is Not Always Comforting Jan07

Justice Is Not Alway...

To state a tautology, we all deserve justice. Moreover, most people will, I think claim to desire justice if asked. And, since God is not only supreme but also supremely just, we will all ultimately get justice, if not in this life then certainly in the next. On the surface this last sounds...

Celebrating Christma...

In the Philippines, while the well-to-do families feast on traditional ham, roasted suckling pig, steak, or turkey on Christmas Eve, many other people spend the night begging. Way back in 2009, my friend Carlos had spiritual direction sessions with a priest famed for his work with the poor. ...

A Different Set of N...

Is the holiday season over yet? Have we spent some good time breathlessly visiting family, getting in all those traditions, whirling from uncle to brother to cousin? I certainly have, but I have to tell ya, I’m also looking forward to getting back to the regular old routine. All this...

Tyrannical Charity

Among the many things that Christ taught His disciples, charity is one of the principles focus groups in office buildings would label as a “core value.” He told us to love one another as we love ourselves, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Through a parable, He admonished...

Finding Time for Rad...

To my right, I held my younger sister’s hand. She held my dad’s, as he lay in his hospice bed. As he was taking his last breaths, and my hand gripped tighter to my sister’s, the other wrapped around my belly, eight months pregnant with my first child. I stood, quite...

To Guide The Helples...

And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels. – Hebrews 3:2 I love to travel. It never occurs to me that there could be unforeseen complications when galavanting around the country (or the world). My approach is to simply be prepared...

404 Error

My brain is not in the least interested in our symposium topic this week.  The address for “mercy” + “forgiveness” + “killing” NOT “animals” was not found. Like any good writer, I hunted around for input, hoping to get some ideas about either...

False Greatness and ...

Most of the time I assume myself to be a person falling into the same category Churchill found himself in when dealing with people he didn’t like: “He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” People rub me the wrong way, and they will continue to do...

Living poverty

In the latest installment of USA Today’s On Religion series, veteran journalist Judith Valente writes about Benedictine nuns in Atchison, Kansas. One choice sentence: “Whatever slender thread is holding our planet together, preventing us from blowing each other apart, just might...

END TIMES?

Global uprising as Occupy Wall Street Spreads International, Riots in Rome.   When the Tea Party spread across the nation, there were peaceful demonstrations brought together by everyday, freedom loving Americans. The Tea Party scared the living heck out of the Left in America. Mainstream...