Our Young Church

I had the pleasure to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis last week. This conference was attended by over 20,000 Catholic high school students. I was struck by their energy—and my lack of energy! I was struck by their enthusiasm. I was struck by their zeal for Christ and...

A Two-Turkey Thanksgiving

When I stopped at the butcher shop this week, I told the butcher that I actually was picking up two turkeys for Thanksgiving: the 25-pound fresh bird that would feed our crowd of sixteen at Thanksgiving Day dinner and the 5-foot 11-inch friar accompanying me who had just arrived from Chicago. The butcher...

I Stand With the 1 Percent

Sometimes I envy professional athletes. They can grow fabulously rich by developing physical skills that leave the rest of us to marvel that someone of our own species can, say, run twenty-six miles in two hours and a few minutes. And sometimes I envy professional pundits, who earn their living by thinking...

Catholic Health and Wellness

(We welcome guest blogger Cheryl Dickow, whose upcoming book with Teresa Tomeo will be published by Servant Books in 2012.) The Path to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions I don’t get that. It seems to me that good intentions ought to be worth more than a ticket to hell. Having said that, I definitely get...

“Changed My Name”

In the canon of Negro spirituals, one of the most powerful is called Changed My Name; here’s the first verse: “I told Jesus it would be all right if he changed my name./ I told Jesus it would be all right if he changed my name./ I told Jesus it would be all right; I told Jesus it would be all...

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