April 4, 2021

My Mom’s life began in a farmhouse far out on the edge of the tiny town of Arroyo Grande, California, the youngest of 5 children. Her earliest memories were formed in the crucible of the Great Depression. That event, and the ensuing deprivation and rationing of the Second World War, left in her an abiding frugality that was a commonplace of so many in her generation. Mom was a saver; she saved money, cooking implements, pretty much anything that might… Read more

April 1, 2021

I’ve sometimes had the thought that I could measure my adult life in Maundy Thursdays. In my introspective inner life, the Paschal Triduum – and, for reasons that remain somewhat mysterious to me, Maundy Thursday in particular – has emerged as a series of mile markers on a spiritual journey. Of course, this year and last, these markers have been harder to detect and sadly unremarkable, for the obvious reason – not so much akin to traveling through a desert,… Read more

January 24, 2021

Vox Nova is pleased to share a guest post by Greg Walgenbach.  He is responding to this statement from the Biden Whitehouse. Yesterday the newly elected Biden-Harris Administration put out a polarizing statement on the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Given how divided the nation is on the subject of abortion, specifically its legalization, I’d like to offer some brief comments as a Catholic Christian (though I don’t believe agreement with my remarks here necessarily requires those convictions) on… Read more

January 17, 2021

My parish, St. Francis of Assisi of Tuscaloosa, has an ongoing project to educate about race and racism in our Church and in America.  It is called the Martin de Porres Project, and its threefold mission is summarized as Seeing Racism Building Racial Justice Healing Through Racial Harmony. Today we launched a five part lecture series.  I gave the first talk, entitled Seeing Racism, about structural racism in America.  The video of my talk is below (I guess this makes… Read more

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