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The Field Hospital: These college students went to Death Valley to learn and practice contemplation. And when a sandstorm blew us away, this parish showed us what it means to be church.
I traveled with pastoral leaders and theologians across the U.S. to assist our bishops in discussing Pope Francis' 2016 apostolic exhortation on family life. Let me offer you seven takeaways.
Havana, Cuba: I joined Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister and 117 other tourists who had long wanted to see the beautiful land and to learn why it had been so difficult to visit for nearly all our lives.
I wanted to go with love, but had to settle for fear, although I didn't quite understand how the fires of hell squared with a loving God. But, ultimately, love has won out.