Another Brick in the Wall

There’s a good reason we’ve learned never to discuss religion or politics in polite company, right? Both topics are emotional, heated and complicated in ways that defy small talk or dinner conversation. Of course, our wise God has a way of urging us to think about such things, because as...

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

It’s so easy to lose track of the days when you’re traveling, especially overseas. So I hadn’t realized this morning was Sunday when my journalists’ tour group arrived at the Church of the Visitation in En Kerem, Israel, just outside Jerusalem. It was a gorgeous morning — pure...

Taking the First Step

On the night of Palm Sunday in the year 1212, a young woman from a wealthy family left her family, her possessions, her social position and nearly everything she had known to serve the lepers and the outcasts, the poorest of the poor, in the marshland below the walled city of Assisi, Italy. This year the...

Celebrate the Wearing of the Blue

A few years ago I had a chance to tour the Emerald Isle with the AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians or, as my sister and I called them, the Order of Ancient Hibernians). We joined the Bloody Sunday March in Derry, toured Kilmainham Gaol, walked among the graves at Glasnevin. We were supplied with expert guides...

“You’ll Always be Their Favorite Uncle!”

We welcome guest blogger Fr. Kyle Schnippel, Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. This post was published on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s new blog, Being Catholic. As happens from time to time during seminary formation, doubts and concerns had crept into my prayer. I was still in college...

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