Young People Rock for Jesus

Young people wait for opening rally to begin. “Be radical! Be Catholic! Don’t hold back!” said Jesse Manibusan from the arena stage. And they didn’t—all 20,000+ young people who gathered in the Anaheim Convention Center for the opening rally of Youth Day. This is a tribal affair,...

Gospel Values

Cities, states, and nations are suffering financial pains these days. How shall the financial woes and crises of the present be settled in a just and reasonable way? Unfortunately, the argumentation usually reduces to the political. That’s understandable. After all, government representatives and officials...

It’s Lent. Let’s talk Conversion.

Judy Zarick Do you know a convert to Catholicism? Are you a convert to Catholicism? I’m a cradle Catholic, so I love talking to converts. I always seem to come away appreciating something new about my Catholic faith after listening to them. I wasn’t disappointed again this week when I talked with...

The Wild Beasts and Angels of Lent

[We welcome guest blogger Paul Swanson from the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to talk about Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent by Richard Rohr.] I love the journey of Lent—our clay-and-muck beginnings on Ash Wednesday through the mystery of Jesus’ death and...

Irish in a German City

In Northside, the Cincinnati neighborhood where I used to live, the Germans and Irish squabbled about everything. (I guess they didn’t know the same drinking songs.) They even fought over the Catholic parish. In the end, the archbishop decided by the toss of a coin: The Irish got the old church...

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