• Disgusting? Nauseating? Even repulsive?

    Beginning with last Sunday’s Gospel and continuing for the next four Sundays, the focus at Mass is on the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St John: Jesus fed 5,000 with five small barley loaves and two dried fishes, last Sunday.

  • ‘God’s will is not a checklist’

    In the past year, my family has driven to my sister-in-law’s house in Fayetteville, Arkansas, multiple times. Once, we drove out through the plains on I-40 before heading north in the Ozarks, but usually we stop to see my mother and father-in-law in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the way.

  • Direction

    Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group, composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity with special vocations? Not really. Direction is for serious Christians generally, whether cleric, religious or lay. But since that is seldom said these days, it needs explaining.

    Here goes.

  • This way to complimentarity

    Does Henry Higgins hold the key to settling the same-sex marriage debate? Not quite. But in the wake of the Supreme Court decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it’s well worth considering what Higgins has to tell us.

  • ‘Nobody is a nobody’ — including the sick and dying

    What are you worth? This question can be answered in many ways. You might consider your finances, or what you contribute at work or in your family. You might consider whether you are worth more or less than others in various ways.  

     

     

  • Another look at 'A Catholic education is an advantage for life'

    Each year since 1974, the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has provided a theme or motto for National Catholic Schools Week. I have a few favorites: 1995 and 1996, “Catholic Schools: Schools You Can Believe In,” and 2002, “Catholic Schools: Where Faith & Knowledge Meet.”

  • The hidden poor of Appalachia

    Back in the mid-1980s, I was working as a director of religious education at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in western Maryland.

     

  • ‘Soft’ persecution of the Church

    The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn’t — thank God — bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it’s real persecution and likely to get worse.

  • ‘Mater, si; magistra, no’

    Not long after St. John XXIII’s social encyclical Mater et Magistra made its appearance in 1961, a wisecrack began making the rounds among Catholics who’d taken umbrage: “Mater, si; magistra, no” — “mother, yes; teacher, no.” In other words, the Church has a maternal relationship with her members but is not their teacher on matters of an economic, political and social nature.

  • The courageous witness of Blessed Oscar Romero

    Who would have imagined on Feb. 23, 1977, the day of his appointment as Archbishop of San Salvador, that the highly conservative Oscar Romero — who was suspicious of the Catholic Church’s involvement in political activism — would die a martyr’s death for courageously defending his people against the murderous assaults of the Salvadoran government, military and right-wing death squads?

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Archbishop José H. Gomez

A huge crowd was gathered to hear him, 5,000 people at least have come to him. And now the day is almost over and they’re far from home with nothing to eat. Jesus knows they are hungry and he wants to feed them. We can feel how much he cares for them, he loves them. His heart is moved and he really wants to take care of them.

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