Pope Francis Surprises Us Again

On April 6, Pope Francis appointed Father Jose Rodriguez Carballo, OFM, as the Secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, thus also naming him an archbishop. It was the pope’s first appointment within the Roman Curia. Father Jose had been the...

Jury Duty

I have jury duty this week and next. When I received the summons to report for jury duty I groaned, but I also felt obliged to serve. Such service is demanded by the state for the common good of our society. Being called for jury duty reminds me of the fact that rights and duties are linked. As the Catholic...

Rejoicing When You Don’t Feel Joyful

Last week we celebrated the greatest of Christian feasts, the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and we are well into 50 days of celebrating this joyful event. Alleluias ring out in the liturgy and in every song, expressing the joy of God’s victory over sin and death. Unfortunately for me, in the midst...

God Gave You

Several months back, I was at an event sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio. Even now, I still think about the brief talk that Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh gave that evening. During his talk, he mentioned praying to God about all the pain and hurt and suffering that goes on in the world—from natural disasters to the...

Part of the Gang

Most Sundays at Mass, I have one of the best seats in the house. That’s because I’m in the choir, and in our church, the choir sits behind the altar, facing the assembly. It can be a bit of a nuisance, because you have to think about what you wear (no short skirts!), what you do (not cool to nod off...

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