April 8, 2020

Greetings from Buffalo, NY, USA. Today begins Passover, and tomorrow begins the Christian Triduum. For many across the world today, these traditions are bittersweet to say the least. As of this writing, the United States – currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic – just reported its highest daily death rate yet; in Spain, deaths had declined but are on the rise again. We will not be gathering for public worship this year. While I am fortunate to be spending… Read more

March 21, 2020

Vox Nova is again pleased to welcome a guest post by Joe Georges As the COVID-19 pandemic expands, one archdiocese or diocese after another has announced the suspension of all public Masses for at least the time being: Seattle, Boston, Oakland, Los Angeles, Washington, DC., Little Rock, Chicago, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, San Jose. The list has grown nearly every day. And even before Masses were being cancelled, and perhaps churches closed, the faithful were being dispensed from their… Read more

March 20, 2020

“I didn’t think I’d have to give up this much for Lent,” says a meme that’s been circulating around social media. Though we do not yet know just what will happen, we may be giving up this much for the rest of the year. As the global number of deaths from COVID-19 has surpassed 10,000, I am struck by how quickly the world has changed. Just two weeks ago, I was at a large writers’ conference in San Antonio, Texas,… Read more

March 14, 2020

Resolved: Hoarding in times of shortage is a mortal sin. Discuss. Read more

February 22, 2020

The news came this morning. Another idol has fallen from his pedestal. Jean Vanier, a beloved spiritual writer, activist, and the world-renowned founder of L’Arche – an organization that strives to build community and promote the full social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities – faces allegations of having abused six women over a period of many years. Given the climate we live in, I am disappointed but sadly not surprised. “What a tough time it is to be a… Read more

February 1, 2020

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest post from long time reader Joseph Georges. More than half of all human fertilizations end in spontaneous abortions at one stage or another – in “miscarriages” if pregnancy ends before the 20th week or in “stillbirths”, as pregnancy losses after the 20th week are generally called. According to a paper by evolutionary geneticist, William Rice, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, “abortion is nearly as common as live-birth for conceptions that… Read more

January 26, 2020

I’m a member of a Facebook group devoted to St. Therese of Lisieux, and there were a couple of recent posts which were, or could be easily read as, partisan political posts. Those posts quickly – and predictably – became a morass of accusations and assuming bad faith and all the rest, and I can’t imagine there is anyone reading this post that doesn’t know what I mean. There are genuinely important and valid issues to discuss at this point… Read more

December 29, 2019

Not that long ago, I met an Anglican woman who told me that at every service she attends, when the sign of peace is passed, she always shakes the hand of a solitary stranger before that of her spouse and children. “I know how awkward it can feel to attend Mass alone,” she says. “I want to make sure they feel included.” This struck me as a lovely gesture. As a single woman who routinely attends Mass by myself, I’ve… Read more

December 24, 2019

I posted this piece eight years ago.  It was written as a homily (I was in diaconate formation at the time and wanted to practice) to be delivered to a group of Secular Franciscans.  The images I found still haunt me, and this Christmas season I wanted to share them again. Wishing all of our readers a blessed Christmastide! (more…) Read more

December 9, 2019

I received the following reflection second hand via email.  It comes from a Catholic Worker email list, and is a lecture by Jim Forest, a long time member of the Catholic Worker, biographer of Dorothy Day, and friend of Thomas Merton.   I find his comments about compassion and peace-making to be very pertinent given the divisions in the world today, which is why I thought it appropriate to share on Vox Nova. Despite his physical distance from centers of protest… Read more

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