They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

Dear Patheos Readers, Greetings. I am writing this on Palm Sunday, though by the time you read it, Holy Week will be in full swing, and the Triduum will be fast approaching. Most likely you are reading these words on a screen, but I am writing them longhand in my journal. I’m sitting on a [Read More…]

No Ham During Lent?

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest post by Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF, a Franciscan sister from North Dakota.  She regularly blogs for her community at  Our Franciscan Fiat.   As Catholics, we’re all familiar with meatless Fridays this time of year, but have you ever heard the rule about “no ham during [Read More…]

Welcome to the New Home of Vox Nova

Vox Nova is very pleased to relocate from our original home to become part of the Patheos Catholic Channel.  We are grateful to Sam Rocha, the editor here, for his invitation, and are looking forward to making our own contribution to the discussions that go on here. To our old readers, we hope that you [Read More…]

TF29: Speaking of Satan . . .

Over the past several months and years Pope Francis has often been heard speaking about the devil and the reality of the spiritual battle we find ourselves in. This week on Thinking Faith, Eric and Brett discuss the reality of the devil. Do we really still believe in some creature called Satan? Is this just [Read More…]

Immigration Simulation Reveals a Broken System

Today I had an experience that every adult U.S. citizen should be made to undergo. Gathered in a university cafeteria with a large group of students and community members, I was paired up with a young social work student and given a folder. It contained our names – Lucía and Juana Delgadillo – and information [Read More…]

On Receiving the Works of Mercy in the Southernmost Capitals of the Americas

I smiled with excitement as the plane landed on the runway and taxied toward the gate. It was March break (which as a teacher I anticipate just as eagerly as my students do), and I was looking forward to ten days in two cities I love: Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was to present at [Read More…]

This Campaign of Christian Service

Maybe because of the areas where much attention has been drawn of late, something stood out to me in the collect of this morning’s Ash Wednesday mass.  The prayer begins, Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service… The word “campaign” immediately brought to my mind a political [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday: Humility, Accountability, Solidarity

Today’s Gospel reading offers us a clear challenge. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, [Read More…]

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…]

Brains, Bodies, Borders, Biases and the Circle of Holy Belonging

Vox Nova is pleased to publish the following guest post by Rhonda Miska. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls, to arrive at its destination full of hope.”     This was the refrain repeated over and over as I stood in a prayer circle of about thirty interfaith activists, a [Read More…]