How I wound up living across from a strip club

Soul Seeing: God brings certain people into our lives, at certain times, for a purpose. According to St. Augustine, "You are to pay special regard to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you."


How a committee report offered comfort to sex abuse survivors

Commentary: As part of a committee Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, Vermont, formed to establish a list of the credibly accused priests of his diocese, I know our work mattered.


Gospel's poor widow is homeless in Vermont

Soul Seeing: As the director of a nonprofit organization in Burlington, Vermont, that helps homeless and at-risk teenagers, one of my principal duties is fundraising. This is what happened on one "Free Burrito Day."


My immediate reaction was to back down

Soul Seeing: Years ago, the Catholic Guardian Society purchased a home in my Brooklyn neighborhood with a plan to convert it to a residence for adults with developmental disabilities. My neighbors were determined to block it.