• Youth today: Who are they really?

    A seminarian I know recently went to a party on a Friday evening at a local university campus.

  • The 10 commandments of mercy

    Among the Ten Commandments, one begins with the word “remember” — “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.” It reminds us to recall something we already know. There are commandments of mercy written into our very DNA. We already know them, but we need to remember them more explicitly.

  • Daniel Berrigan, RIP

    “Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider how good you’re going to look on wood!” Daniel Berrigan wrote those words and they express a lot about who he was and what he believed in. He died May 1 at age 94.

  • Two centuries of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

    What we cease to celebrate we will soon cease to cherish. This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious congregation to which I belong, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. We have a proud history, 200 years now, of ministering to the poor around the world. This merits celebrating.

  • Loyalty and patriotism revisited

    In a recent article in America magazine, Grant Kaplan, commenting on the challenge of the resurrection, makes this comment: “Unlike previous communities in which the bond among members forges itself through those it excludes and scapegoats, the gratuity of the resurrection allows for a community shaped by forgiven-forgivers.”

  • Love: A projection and a reality

    Sorting through what is genuine in love and what is projection is indeed one of the more delicate and difficult tasks of life. 

  • The power of prayer and ritual inside our helplessness

    We’ve all had the feeling at times when, in the face of a dire situation, we need to do something, but there’s nothing we can do, no magic wand we can wave to make things better.

  • The triumph of goodness

    The stone which rolled away from the tomb of Jesus continues to roll away from every sort of grave. Goodness cannot be held, captured, or put to death. It evades its pursuers, escapes capture, slips away, hides out, even leaves the churches sometimes, but forever rises, again and again, all over the world. Such is the meaning of the resurrection.

  • The understanding and compassion of Good Friday

    As Jesus is being crucified he utters these words: “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” It is not easy to say these words and it is perhaps even more difficult to grasp them in their depth. What does it mean, really mean, to understand and forgive a violent action against you?

     

  • How the soul matures

    In a deeply insightful book, “The Grace of Dying,” Kathleen Dowling Singh shares insights she has gleaned as a health professional from being present to hundreds of people while they are dying. Among other things, she suggests that the dying process itself, in her words, “is exquisitely calibrated to automatically produce union with Spirit.”

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The world as it should be

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Catholic social teaching gives us a vision of the world as it could be and as it should be. ... The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most radical doctrine in the history of ideas. If the world believed what Jesus proclaimed ... every society could be transformed overnight.

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