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 […]
Loving our neighbor even when it’s confusing
The Lord tells us that everyone is our neighbor — the stranger, the sad-faced child, the loner, the drunkard, the prostitute, the leper, the sell-out, the natural enemy. That means that everyone is worthy of our love and care, and no one is unworthy. It is so, so easy to spout this Christian message. Every […]
What’s up there on your family tree?
My cousin Pat has a long-standing addiction to Ancestry.com. At a dinner the evening before my mother’s funeral, she announced that we have a family connection to Millard Fillmore. Frankly, I knew little about him except that he was one of the portraits on a U.S. Presidents puzzle we had when I was still wearing […]
All-around education helps us glimpse the mind of God
It isn’t every day that we find the likes of Fareed Zakaria and Blessed John Henry Newman in the same sentence and, in a larger sense, on the same page. The first is the familiar CNN commentator on foreign policy and a recognized contemporary expert on international relations, the son of immigrants to the U.S. […]
Practicing the under-publicized virtue of recreation
Suddenly coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage. At one time, a few craft shops here and there stocked little books of geometric designs in black and white for adults to tint and possibly frame. Now, though, coloring books for those old enough to vote (and their grandparents) are turning up in bookstores, pharmacies, […]
What we may see on our back roads reveals our true glamor
South Carolina is glamorous. There are shell-strewn sands running from North Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head. Charleston has its spires, Rainbow Row and outlying plantations. Columbia displays high culture, USC Gamecocks and all the symbols of government. The Upstate swings into the Blue Ridge and exults in expansive growth and Clemson tiger tails. But there […]
Are we simply a secular society?
During Holy Week 2016, New York’s Cardinal Dolan posted a complaint about the fact that basketball’s March Madness included Good Friday games in which two Catholic universities would be competing. Apparently no one representing these two institutions of higher learning had blinked. We probably should not be surprised. After all, we Catholics do all sorts […]