Striving to remain ‘saved’
A 13-year-old who lived across the street from our convent announced, after a weekend with a friend, “I got saved.” She had gone to church and participated in an altar call. Her parents would likely agree with my observation that she didn’t don a halo forever after. “Getting saved” is language Catholics don’t typically use. […]
Aged to perfection
If commercials provide our cultural information, we may be tempted to conclude that aging is a national tragedy. Hair loss ruins men, wrinkles wreak havoc on women, and life isn’t survivable without the latest medications, including opioids, which, of course, also require other medications to deal with constipation. People of faith might do well to […]
What’s new about the New Evangelization?
Father Oscar Borda recently posted photos and videos from an event on the New Evangelization among the Hispanic community in the Ridgeland area. In a matter of days, a delegation from our diocese will gather in Orlando with delegations from across the U.S. Their theme will have to do with the kingdom — God’s, not […]
Can tattoos be sacramentals?
When Ray Bradbury published “The Illustrated Man” in 1951, tattoos covering virtually whole bodies were not as commonplace as they are today. Bradbury’s science fiction collection used as its starter a character whose body had been tattooed by a mysterious Minnesota crone. He became an object of wonder and terror as the tattoos came to […]
A saint’s legacy and lives that matter
“Was it about educating them for a better life, or was it more about saving their lives?” asked a woman at the lunch table set up in the lobby of the church on the corner of Hampton and Oak. “I think it was about both,” replied another. This conversation took place during the springtime Black […]
The diocese has its titans
Anyone who has toured or lived in New York City will recall its bulky bronze sculpture of Atlas holding up the world. It occupies the gateway to Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue, on the other side of the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. New York has its monument to mythology, but we in the Diocese […]
When faith and its practice look promising
We look around our neighborhoods on Sunday mornings and see few signs of church-going. Then we read the reports about all the “nones,” those with no religious preference. The Atlantic reports that nearly a third of American young adults don’t identify with any religious denomination, and youth ministers worry about statistics showing attrition in religious […]
Why on Earth do we have anti-Semitism?
Consider a series of names: Benjamin Disraeli and Golda Meir, Albert Einstein and Gerty Cori, Marc Chagall and Judy Chicago, Anne Frank and Chaim Potok, Beverly Sills and Itzhak Perlman. These are, respectively, noted political leaders, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, internationally known visual artists, best-selling authors, and world famous musicians. All are Jewish. One of the […]
Making America great
We have been hearing a great deal about making America first, making America great again. On a recent afternoon on Main Street in our state capital, I realized that it already is — in some ways. I was amid three days of meetings, with an afternoon interlude, so I parked free at St. Peter’s, strolled […]
Why so angry?
Just about every day drivers get cut off by lane-jumpers and see people making angry gestures. The networks bring up-to-the-minute reports of violence and the shouts of mobs. On weekends some fans behave like spoiled children, ball fields get trashed, and coaches are cussed out. Then there are our political campaigns. Pope Francis has quoted […]