To Resist or Rise Above?

I find myself in a disorienting dilemma. Everything about Donald Trump repels me – to the point that, quite frankly, I can’t even bring myself to legitimize his presidency by referring to him by the title, a feeling reinforced every time a bratty, self-absorbed tweet is reported as news.  During his improbable campaign, I vacillated [Read More…]

The Tears of the Infant Jesus

The word “solemn” has a range of meaning that borders on the paradoxical.  Most commonly, outside of church parlance, it’s synonymous with somber and serious.  In a liturgical context, however, it approaches the opposite meaning: the more solemn a feast day, the more festive and celebratory.  There is a logical connection here in terms of the weight [Read More…]

Normandy Thoughts For Veterans’ Day

ON THE MORNING of our last full day in France, we took an intercity train from Paris out to Normandy. For this journey, we were not on the TGV, France’s futuristic high-speed train system. We were on an intercity express train, which, despite not being a proper bullet train, still moved with dispatch out of [Read More…]

The ‘Culture War’ Trope in Catholic Discourse: Useful Construct or Dangerous Weapon?

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome the following guest post by reader Mike McG. The terms ‘culture war’ and ‘culture warrior’ name very real tensions in both secular and religious domains. And yet I wonder if these phrases deepen the very polarization they seek to describe. The terms came into common usage in the early 1990s with [Read More…]

Vowing Nonviolence: What Does It Mean?

This weekend, I stood with my local Pax Christi chapter, as well as a sizeable number of parishioners at the church where we meet, to take Pax Christi USA’s Vow of Nonviolence.  The text of the vow is available through the above link, but I will also reproduce it in full here. Recognizing the violence [Read More…]

Oscar Romero: A Tireless Seeker

It was 1980 and El Salvador was in crisis. Conflict was raging between the military government and paramilitary groups (a conflict that would escalate into the twelve-year Salvadoran Civil War). The rural poor were suffering oppression at the hands of wealthy landowners while death squads patrolled the country. Each day innocent people were being tortured [Read More…]

Choose This Day

A few days before Pope Francis’ heartfelt plea for peace in his Sunday Angelus message, President Obama took a break from gearing up for yet another Middle East conflict – audaciously being called a “humanitarian intervention” – to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic March on Washington with these words in tribute to the unsung heroes of the [Read More…]

A Day of Fasting and Prayer

The pope’s Sunday Angelus message this week contained an important announcement: the proclamation of Saturday, September 7 as “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world.” Here is his message in full, courtesy of Vatican Radio: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Hello! Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish [Read More…]

A thought on forgiveness

From The Dailly Gospel two weeks ago, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.  I meant to say more, but at this moment words fail me. Forgiveness is not a proposal that can be immediately understood or easily accepted; in many ways it is a paradoxical message. Forgiveness in fact always involves an apparent [Read More…]