Archdiocese of Chicago Slating Schools for Closure

Sad news emerging from the Archdiocese of Chicago, on the heals of yesterday’s dramatic letter to the faithful from Cardinal George, that at least six Catholic schools are slated for closure. From the Chicago Tribune today: Six elementary schools in the Chicago Archdiocese are slated to close at the end of the school year, and [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 1/10/14: A Place at Our Table

This week, I spent a great deal of time inside a casino. Don’t get me wrong — I wasn’t gambling! Being there and seeing some of the folks I encountered during a “people watching” stroll made my heart hurt. The pain, the loneliness, and even in one case the obvious homelessness of the people was [Read More...]

A New Bishop for Canada & Other Catholic “Perspectives” of the Day

From Salt & Light’s daily “Perspective” news blast: Today on Perspectives, Canada had a new bishop, Pope Francis’ daily homily, changes coming for Monsignors and CNS talks to the president of the USCCB about the relationship between the Church and the United States government. [Read more...]

Sweet Tweets for 1/3/14: Drawing Joy from the Crib

q Don’t you love the “back to business” feel that is in the air today?! If you’ve been in “unplugged mode” as I have, you’ll find this week’s Sweet Tweets especially helpful as a recap of the big news for the past seven days. For his part, Pope Francis has been very busy and there’s [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 12/20/13: The Love of God is Not Generic

Around us, we see all the trappings of Christmas, and yet we bask in the glow of that rose-colored Advent calendar. “Not yet,” I tell myself… “I’m not ready.” But I worry a bit how much of that “not ready” sense of mine is related to what society thinks is important during Christmas — the [Read More...]

Confessions of a Harvard Mom

The “to do” items on my Monday list are far from being ticked off as “done”. I’ll admit it — waking to the news that there’s a bomb threat at your kid’s college is a rattling experience. Since our Eric is a senior at Harvard, today’s news from Cambridge hit close to home. As I [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 12/13/13: Person of the Year

It’s been an exciting week. Not only are we fully in the midst of the beautiful season of Advent, but we had the big news of Pope Francis’ selection as TIME’s Person of the Year. There were many other important stories, so I hope you find this week’s Sweet Tweets a helpful recap of all [Read More...]

USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz responds to ACLU’s Lawsuit

You may have heard in the media this week about the ACLU’s suing of the USCCB  on behalf of Tamesha Means. Here is a press release just send out by the USCCB in response: USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz responds to ACLU’s Lawsuit Church urges respectful, compassionate care for pregnant women and their children ACLU claims ‘baseless’ [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 12/6/13: Nelson Mandela, St. Nick and a Whole Lot of Joy

Since I am in the thick of book writing and likely won’t have time to blog much today, I want to take this occasion to invite you to pray with me for the repose of the soul of Nelson Mandela. As Cardinal Dolan said so eloquently, “Nelson Mandela was a hero to the world.” May [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 11/22/13: You Don’t Have to be a Superhero

I’m always grateful for our Sweet Tweets, but lately they have been a lifesaver for me as my travel schedule has me on the run and my book writing has begun in earnest. John Clem’s time spent compiling the most important news of the week keeps me tuned in to what’s been happening during the [Read More...]