Do My Irish Need an Ethics Lesson from Golfer Cameron Tringale?

The Fighting Irish faithful are again licking our wounds as headlines of a potential cheating scandal make news in advance of the season opener on August 30 at home against Rice. I know that blogging about Notre Dame on a Catholic website is tantamount to opening the floodgates. But because of something I read today, I can’t [Read More...]

Praying for Peace in Iraq

Pope Francis led us in prayer today with three separate posts on Twitter for those living in Iraq: These were followed up with a press release (included below) from the USCCB’s Committee of International Justice and Peace. It is clear that these persecuted families need our immediate prayers and attention. Please join me in praying [Read More...]

How We Can Help with The Plight of Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Today, I am pleased to share my recent email interview conversation with Christine Donnelly, Communications Manager, USCCB office of Migration and Refugee Services. I’ve asked Christine to bring us up to date on this humanitarian crisis, what the USCCB is currently doing, and how we — as Catholic families — might respond to the situation with prayer [Read More...]

Families in the Philippines Need Continuing Support in Wake of Typhoon Rammasun

Last night, when I drifted off to sleep, I did so with prayers on my lips for the families of the Philippines, who were then awaiting the impact of Typhoon Rammasun. Before going to bed, I had requested the following interview with Elizabeth Tromans, a Regional Technical Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response for Catholic Relief [Read More...]

CRS Egan Fellows Announced – Will Travel to Syria

Eileen Egan

As a recipient of last year’s Egan Journalism Fellowship from Catholic Relief Services, I know firsthand what an amazing experience the newly announced Egan Fellows will enjoy. I thought I’d share today’s announcement from CRS and invite you to pray not only for these four journalists who will travel to Syria, but also for writers [Read More...]

Does #FreeHappyIranians Point to Larger Societal Change on the Horizon in Iran?

On the surface, it seems like a nothingburger… Six Iranians, joyously dancing to Pharrell Williams’ trendy song “Happy”. They’re just doing what tons of people around the world have done — jamming to a popular tune: As of today, the video has 600K+ views. It probably would have been lucky to have 600 if it [Read More...]

A Moral Argument to Raise Minimum Wage

Equality and economic social justice seem to be in the Catholic news this week. First, we had Pope Francis’ Monday tweet: Inequality is the root of social evil. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 28, 2014 And today, we have a great Catholic News Service video with Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities, calling for [Read More...]

California Catholics Urged to Take Part in Catholic Advocacy Day

I always enjoy receiving emails from the California Catholic Conference. Today’s bulletin contained a reminder of the upcoming Catholic Advocacy Day tomorrow in Sacramento. More than 100 Catholic delegates will travel to Sacramento on Tuesday, April 29, to advocate on a variety of bills promoting life and dignity in the Golden State. YOU, as part of [Read More...]

Leah Libresco: “The Toll a Lack of Forgiveness Takes”

Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH At her blog yesterday, my fellow Catholic Patheos writer Leah Libresco offered a two part lesson on the importance of forgiveness, including a look at The New [Read More...]

“We forgive because we know God is so forgiving”

Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH Today, I want to point you to a beautiful article by my friend Helen Blakesley. Helen is the CRS regional information officer for West and Central Africa. [Read More...]