My Three Favorite Words

I have a confession to make. I have a love/hate relationship with the sacrament of Reconciliation. When I prepare to receive this sacrament I get physically queasy. I think of excuses not to go. I’d rather do just about anything than confess my sins. I am frustrated by my list—maybe if I had...

A Pared-Down Lent

It’s a little over a week since Ash Wednesday. How’s your Lent going so far?  Every year I look forward to this season as a time for stepping back and re-evaluating who and what I am in the big picture of God’s creation. Sometimes I undertake big changes at this time: three years ago I decided to give...

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...

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