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Sister Pamela Smith

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 […]


What about suicide?

During my years in Michigan, the notorious Dr. Jack Kevorkian actively promoted assisted suicide. He periodically delivered bodies to a hospital in Pontiac, minutes away from the campus where I lived. The local press wavered between defending his action, as if it were everyone’s right to decide the time to die, and expressing outrage that […]


Life and leadership

It’s a good thing we have a Savior who is the eternal God and not a politician. Just in case we haven’t noticed, it is clear that no party platform is 100 percent pro-life, and we can’t guarantee that any individual holding office is either. We rejoice that recent statistics show that the number of […]


Is an ethic of non-violence Catholic?

For years Catholics have been beset by conflict when it comes to matters of war and peace. On one hand, we have a long-standing just war tradition — dating from St. Augustine in the late 4th and early 5th centuries A.D., developed by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century, and further refined by the […]


Putting things in perspective

Anyone who has sat in a waiting room or kept vigil in an ER or ICU can probably verify this: Some heart-rending conversations can be overheard, and none of them seem to be concerned with whether the day’s Dow is high or low or what Janet Yellen and the Fed might be doing next. There […]


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 […]


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