Peace Pulpit: We should start with ourselves and our own communities and our relationships with other people by reaching out in love even when love is not shown to us.
Who are you? Where do you come from? What do you know? What have you accomplished with your life? Those are more or less the questions one is supposed to answer on a résumé. Although some are tempted to creatively enhance the narrative, in the end it's vital that the person described by the responses be recognizable as the one whose name is at the top of the page.
Esmeralda Saltos, the designated pastoral minister to the Catholic population at Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center, visits immigrant detainees as a work of mercy.
A weekend walk between the author and her ten-year-old granddaughter Emmaly leads to Emmaly posing a major question: "Are you afraid to die?"
Young Voices: The vices we should avoid are usually too stealthy to notice. This insight has helped me discover my go-to secret sin: defensiveness.
Book review: In Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio offers up both Pope Francis and the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious as models of catholicity in our times.
"Pride goeth before a fall" is a Bible verse I learned before I fully understood it. Now I understand and can add to it. "Pride goeth before, and sometimes after, a fall."
Sept. 25 was one of those spectacular autumn days in New York. The heat of the summer had faded away, and a brilliant, blue, cloudless sky greeted the world.
At about 1 p.m., I walked out the door of the house I share with nine other Jesuits, and walked up Eighth Avenue to Madison Square Garden. I was asked to hear confessions before the papal Mass, and doing so was one of the most profound graces of my life.
"The end is near!"
One of my favorite cartoons about the end of the world shows the bearded ascetic with his warning sign, which says something like: "The end is not coming. You have to learn to cope with it along with the rest of us!"
A small c catholic: Converts to Catholicism bring the very questions that original members often don't ask because those members have fallen into complacency or they've run into unmovable walls.