• The ice bucket challenge’s ethical surprise

    From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • Labor Day: Consider (and help) our youth and young adults

    This year Pope Francis canonized Saints John XXIII and John Paul II. Both made immense contributions to the social teaching of the Church on the dignity of labor and its importance to human flourishing.

  • Vocational formation and the new evangelization: Ongoing discernment

    The 35-year old lawyer asks himself, “Do I leave the job that I love, sell my condo, and give up the life that I have been living to enter the Seminary? After all, I have been thinking about the priesthood since grade school.”

  • The progressive case against assisted suicide

    I've spent my professional life fighting to improve the lives of those living with a disability. I've pushed for services, treatment and medical coverage for those with disabilities while helping them establish independent lives.

  • What do Guatemalans think about their children?

    My husband and I have been going to Guatemala for the past eight years with friends to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. 

  • The Assumption: Why is it so hard for some to believe?

    Mary was assumed into heaven.

    It’s one of the more difficult teachings for converts to grasp. But there are ways to approach the Assumption so that non-Catholics may come to believe.

  • A perfect storm

    As part of their longstanding pro-life effort, the nation’s Catholic bishops and the grassroots mobilizing network assisting them, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), have urged Congress in recent years to do two things: 

  • Was Vatican II needed?

    Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II would probably cite renewing and updating of the Church as solid reasons for the ecumenical council.

  • Unaccompanied migrant children need our help

    Tens of thousands of children fleeing desperate conditions have entered the United States asking for help. And many more are coming. What kind of welcome is being offered to them? The answer to that question is still largely undetermined.

  • Pope’s challenge: Don’t be complacent on clerical sexual abuse

    When Pope Francis met with six victims/survivors of sexual abuse July 7 in Rome, he showed empathy and compassion for victims/survivors both in attendance and in those not as he begged their forgiveness.

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Fearing our own maturity

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Our bodies and our souls each have their separate aging process, and they aren't always in harmony. Thus, T.E. Laurence, in “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” makes this comment about someone:

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