When St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday, as it does about every seven years, the Lenten rule requiring Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays collides with the long-held tradition of eating corned beef and cabbage.
The Peace Pulpit: If you read in the Gospels at any length, you'll find all kinds of examples of Jesus treating people with dignity.
Spiritual Reflections: This second week of Lent invites us to behold the Christ of our tradition, to remember our peak moments of faith, and most of all, to listen to him.
Movie review: I am not a fan of the "Christian" genre, with its movies that lead with a message rather than the story. But "The Shack" gets it right.
Faith and Justice: For me, Lent is all about the weekday Scripture readings. Without reflecting on the Scriptures, it is almost impossible to become an adult Christian.
I lost my nephew to a fire in a Honduran prison in 2012. Family and friends of the hundreds killed that day bear the cross of suffering and injustice.
Lent 2017: For centuries during Lent, Christians have sought to grow closer to God through praying, fasting and giving to the poor. Now they can also mark the 40-day period of penitence that precedes Easter by posting pictures to Instagram, reading a regular reflection in their email or watching a priest answer questions on Facebook Live.
NCR Today: Holy Week is the time to examine the holes of decay in our lives and to find healing.
NCR Today: Bernie Sanders' speech at Liberty University is good Lenten reading, about morality, justice and care of the poor.
NCR Today: The Capuchin Franciscans I live with watch "Antiques Roadshow" every Monday evening. In the past few weeks, I've noted five parallels between this program and Lenten spirituality.