Fishing Lessons

Happy Easter! Easter is such a significant event that we can’t celebrate it fully in only one day. We need a “week of weeks”—seven weeks—to do it justice. PRAYING WITH MONKS I was on retreat with some girlfriends near the Abbey of Gethsemani this past weekend. We stayed close enough to the abbey to...

Spring’s Promise

Living in Ohio gives me the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the four seasons. I have to admit that I am a fair-weather fan, never liking it too hot or too cold. So spring is one of my favorite seasons. After a cold winter, I anxiously look for the signs of the warmer weather that spring brings. This morning,...

Sisters’ Scrutiny Continues

Monday’s news included a story that Pope Francis basically gave an affirmation to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in its takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. You can read the details in all sorts of places on the web—I spotted the ABC news story first, then checked...

Rated Double X

This week in one of our planning meetings for St. Anthony Messenger magazine, we engaged in an interesting discussion about gender roles, stemming from a mention of the recent Steubenville rape case. Gender has been in the news a lot lately, as Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg promotes (and defends) her...

Digging up the Dead

We’re in the second week of the Easter season, our celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The Gospels, especially Matthew’s, preserve for us several accusations of conspiracy by everyone from the disciples to the Roman soldiers set to guard the tomb of Jesus, in an attempt to disprove the...

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