Carol J. Dempsey, Ph.D., a Dominican Sister from Caldwell, New Jersey and professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Portland, Oregon, is the author of eight books, editor of ten books, and is currently working on Isaiah for Liturgical Press’ Wisdom Commentary Series. She specializes in Prophets and feminist hermeneutics.

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Feast of the Holy Family: The 21st-century 'holy family'

Scripture for Life: Family relationships are often complex, complicated and ever-changing. Families today are diverse. Power relations within families are also diverse.


Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Hunger affects us all

Scripture for Life: This Sunday's readings are about hunger, both the inability to experience it and the experience of it.


Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Invitation to mission

Scripture for Life: This journey is grounded in the knowledge that I am an ordinary person on the road of life, traveling alongside everyone else as we make our way in this world together.


Fourth Sunday of Lent: Reconciliation model

Scripture for Life: The themes of celebration and reconciliation come together in the parable of the prodigal son heard in this Sunday's Gospel from Luke. Jesus addresses this parable to a group of complaining Pharisees and scribes who take issue with Jesus' interaction with sinners.