Jesus Wept: How Hosing Down the Homeless Reflects on All of Us Christians

There’s a picture floating around on the internet of Jesus slapping his forehead in frustration and bewilderment, much like Homer Simpson would do on the Simpsons. Every time I see it, I can picture Jesus saying in a very Homer-like voice, “Doh!” If Jesus actually makes such a face, he is undoubtedly making it today. [Read More...]

Holy Parents, Not Rabbits and Colonizers

By Timothy Villareal Discussing the Catholic Church’s prohibition on artificial contraception and its promotion of Natural Family Planning (NFP) on his return flight from the Phillipines, Pope Francis told reporters, “Some people think — excuse me for saying this — that to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits.” Well, I have an [Read More...]

Francis of Assisi: God’s Holy Fool


by Susan R. Pitchford I lost my heart to Francis of Assisi for the same reason I lost it to Jesus: I’m a sucker for the combination of holiness and charm. It’s been said that Francis followed in the footsteps of Christ as closely as anyone ever has. And of all the saints, Francis is [Read More...]