Three wise men inspire South Carolina
On Nov. 30, Clemson University hosted Eboo Patel. He is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, which links young people of many faiths in cooperative service and shared experience. After addressing groups all day, Patel joined the evening celebration of 80 years of Catholic campus ministry at Clemson. He spoke of the […]
What it means to be powerless
Every now and then something up close and personal gives us a hint of what the experience of Mary and Joseph might have been like. A sad story which came to our sisters this autumn was one of those events. With some variations, it connects with the experience of a twosome faced with unexpected regulations […]
What’s in the Koran?
During the weeks after September 11, 2001, my religious community’s motherhouse hosted a series of evening prayers. Their culmination was a gathering of roughly 600 people to hear a Muslim imam and the local Catholic pastor join in a time of mourning and faith-exchange. The imam came from nearby. He was in charge of a […]
Thank God it’s Monday?
Travelocity.com likes me. That seems to be true even though I have used it only on those rare occasions when I needed an inexpensive flight to a meeting. At least once a day I face the fact that I have missed so, so many chances for dream vacations in faraway places where the sun always […]
People for sale? The problem of human trafficking
In the late 1990s, when I was living in a seminary faculty residence, I was jarred by a news item about something discovered in the northwest Detroit suburbs very near our campus. Two teenagers who had been purportedly adopted from another country had been found to be virtually imprisoned in the home of an affluent […]
Helping hospice patients ‘die like angels’
The summer before I officially entered my religious community, I asked if there might be a summer job available with the sisters. Religious communities like to make sure that their sisters (in training and otherwise) have a diversity of experiences in ministry. I was already a teacher, so, of course, I was offered a position […]
A spirituality for society
Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final column in a series on Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). The Francis Effect is what writers like John Gehring have termed the influence of the pope on politics and Catholic life. He notes what we all know: that the policies supported […]
What makes marriage work?
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third column in a series on Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Whenever celibates start talking about sex and marriage, there are inevitable guffaws and yawns. The presumption is that one who hasn’t walked the walk has nothing to contribute to the talk. There is […]
Mercy is a fountain to extinguish the blaze of sin
Editor’s note: This is the second column in a series on Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Read the first column, Teaching young people how to navigate love and terror, here. Somehow people thought that Pope Francis might redefine our Catholic understanding of sexuality and matrimony. When that did not […]
Teaching young people how to navigate love and terror
Editor’s note: This is the first column in a series on Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). This series on “Amoris Laetitia/ The Joy of Love” would have started elsewhere if we had not faced yet another onslaught of terrorism and hate crimes. However, as one looks back on this […]