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Cultivating a broader understanding of violence

On one point, I think most of us, especially Christians, can agree: Violence is bad. And yet we often don’t recognize violence in all its forms. Apart from our com­mon understanding, violence is also defined as: “strength of emotion or an unpleasant or destructive force.” In a broad sense, violence could include emotional manipulation, yelling, […]


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 […]


Where are the deaconesses?

In May, Pope Francis indicated his willingness to establish a commission to study deaconess­es. He was asked by a religious sis­ter who is a member of the Interna­tional Union of Superiors General, an organization that focuses in part on the role of women in the Church. That there were female deacons in the early Church […]


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 […]


Overcoming writer’s block and the roadblocks of life

I don’t usually get writer’s block. Often, days before a column is due, an idea germinates. I play around with the idea in my mind before I sit down at the computer. And, if I’m lucky, the words spill out on the page. Other times, I sit down to write without a clue what I […]


Males only?

Perhaps the last un-shattered “glass ceiling” is female ordination in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Pope Francis recently announced he would estab­lish a commission to investigate the nature of the early Church “deacon­ess” role. It should be noted that in the same breath Pope Francis warned against clericalizing the laity, assuming those who serve in […]


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. […]


Learning to show mercy freely, without the cloud of judgment

It’s the year of mercy, and so far my biggest personal challenge has come from an interview I heard reporter Sarah Koenig conduct with the U.S. Central Command. The women interviewed, who were anonymous for their protection, work in “personnel recovery”. Their jobs are to search for anyone missing in a conflict zone. Their work […]


The Ascension; Pietro Perugino, 1505
Easter capstone

The Scripture readings used from the ascension onward reveal a few contradictions. These purposeful discrepancies are the cornerstone of the Liturgy’s calen­dar. Luke’s Gospel says that the ascen­sion took place Easter Sunday eve­ning. Luke also penned the Acts of the Apostles, which indicates that the ascension took place 40 days after the resurrection. These kinds […]


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, […]


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