Is Today Just Another Day? Or Is It a Day of the Living Passion?

Holy Saturday. Would that every Saturday be! Every day. Today, these last few days, these coming Easter days are a chance to set things right, simply by orientating ourselves to God. Simply. It’s not that simple, is it? There are responsibilities and distractions. There’s a whole world out there with its demands. And yet it [Read More...]

Need a Good Friday Gateway Drug?

The Order of Preachers — the Dominicans — help here. If you are looking for a way into the Passion today, this video beautifully illustrates the prayer of this day: Canticum de Passione Domini from Province of Saint Joseph on Vimeo. The text comes from Catherine di Ricci, a 16th-century Dominican saint from Italy, reflecting [Read More...]

Can You Read This Without Crying?

“Let us feel Jesus’ healing tonight.” [Read more...]

Pope Francis and the Good Priest

This piece is almost prophetic in the sense that the tea leaves were being read before the pope delivered his Chrism Mass homily directed to priests; Fr. Roger Landry writes about the reform of the priesthood that will likely mark Pope Frances’s time as pope: One of the most urgent reforms facing him is the [Read More...]

The Pope and the Girls in Rome

Troubled girls at a detention center for juvenile delinquents. In a world where men and women need healing and boys and girls and young men and women need to know there is hope for their lives and a reason for them to go on and seek any good. And so the bishop of Rome, as [Read More...]

Avoiding the Mistakes of Judas

When we speak ill of others, we are imitating Judas. We commodify people like Judas did to the Son of God. I’ve been reflecting on Pope Francis’s short homily to the workers at his current home at Domus Sanctae Marthae in the Vatican. (Friends of mine who stayed there during the Ecclesia in America conference [Read More...]

The Catholic Church & a World of Good

I’m just catching up on reading and appreciated Kathleen Parker’s recent column on the media and the papal conclave. It is best summed up toward the end: “any evaluation of its present situation must also include recognition of the immense good that individual Catholics and the church do.” Thank you, sister. It’s funny to reflect [Read More...]

The Pope Checks His Watch

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Rome — People have fairly widely noticed the new pope kissing babies, stopping for the disabled, and giving a thumbs-up. Did you notice, too, that he checked his watch as he was processing out of St. Peter’s for Mass on Tuesday? The message I took from it was: Respect people’s time. The solemnity, the pomp [Read More...]


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