January 25, 2021

Last week, the bishops of the Anglican Church of North America released a pastoral statement on sexuality and identity. The overall thesis of the letter is that gay Christians should not call themselves, well, gay Christians. Now, I’m Roman Catholic not Anglican, but I’ve encountered many of these same arguments, including from members of my own family.  The ACNA believes that calling ourselves gay (or lesbian or bisexual) undermines our primary identity as children of God. In other words, gay identity… Read more

January 19, 2021

When I was a child, my beloved great-grandmother passed away. She was the first person I knew who died, and I struggled to wrap my head around the meaning of it all. What did it mean to no longer be here? I was a highly imaginative child and also a highly religious child, so I did what was natural to me: I imagined a religious story. I told my family that Grandma had appeared in my bedroom, rocking on her rocking chair…. Read more

January 11, 2021

Pope Francis believes that taking the coronavirus vaccine in a moral imperative. In contrast to many Christian and Catholic groups, the Pope refused to equivocate when Italy’s T5G News asked him about his stance on vaccination. “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.” Simple as that. In a time when some Christian churches are choosing to flout COVID protocols, Pope Francis… Read more

January 7, 2021

A few days ago, a published an article arguing that Americans need to have more empathy for one another. I regret to say that did not age well. Granted, I was talking about COVID and things like attending funerals. My overall point was that we should try to interpret that actions of others through the window of their values, not our own.  But when right-wing radicals are storming the capital building, it all sounds pretty naïve. If I sit down… Read more

January 4, 2021

It’s officially 2021 and our country is setting off on a long path of recovery. As vaccine distribution increases, we are hopeful for a public health recovery, followed by an economic recovery. As challenging as both will be, there is another crisis from which I fear we may never recover: the empathy crisis. Now, this crisis was brewing long before the pandemic began, but the past year has only made it worse. This is partially for the reasons that already… Read more

December 31, 2020

Forgive my quoting what some claim to be the cheesiest band of all time, but I’ve liked Counting Crows since I was a kid. My dad had them mixed in on the long road trip play list, along with The Indigo Girls, Black Sabbath and Warren Zevon. I didn’t realize that was a rather odd mix until I was older, and I didn’t realize Counting Crows weren’t cool until it was too late. So when A Long December, their mournful… Read more

December 24, 2020

If you received this article in your inbox, it’s likely Christmas Day. I’m honored and grateful to be spending Christmas with you. I’m writing this now on Christmas Eve, curled up on the couch while my husband messes around with his new gadgets. I just had my coffee and my hair is still wet from the shower. There is work still to be done, but for now I’m putting it off, trying to soak in the moment. Trying to wrap… Read more

December 14, 2020

Joe Biden will be the second US president to profess the Catholic faith. But unlike his predecessor, John F Kennedy, he does not have overwhelming support from Catholic voters. This is in large part because many Catholics do not consider Joe Biden a “good” Catholic or even a “real” Catholic. His public stances on abortion and LBGTQ+ rights put him in direct opposition to Church teaching. In the past, he has even been denied Communion. But Joe Biden isn’t that… Read more

December 7, 2020

My family loves Santa Claus. They love the magic, the wonder, and the excitement on the faces of young children on Christmas morning. They love the presents – mountains of presents – and the songs and the bells. I, the Grinch, do not love Santa. I was a precocious kid and figured out that Santa was not real at a pretty young age. I resented having to pretend to believe in something I didn’t. I imagine the feeling is similar… Read more

November 30, 2020

Advent is finally here. This is the season of waiting in hope for the coming of Christ in the incarnation. We decorate our homes, light candles, increase our daily prayer. This Advent, like so much this year, seems different. We’re waiting in anticipation of a Christmas that will lack many of the trappings of the typical holiday celebration. We’re also waiting for something else, something that for a long while we did not dare to hope for: a vaccine. Because… Read more

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