Solidarity Revisited

“Pope Francis denounces corruption and a culture of selfishness and individualism, while calling for a culture of solidarity.” With these words, Catholic News Service summed up Pope Francis’ visit to one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, Varginha, where the pope reminded the people:  “You...

What If They Don’t Bless Children?

About a year ago, my family was on vacation and attended Sunday Mass at a local church. In our parish, our kids go up to Communion with us because the ministers bless the kids (and adults) who do not receive. As my son approached the Eucharistic minister at this church, the minister presented the host to...

Living in Active Voice

Today’s guest blogger, Joe McHugh, is a spiritual director, retreat leader, teacher, and writer based in the Twin Cities. He contributes regularly to the National Catholic Reporter. His book, Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, will be published by Franciscan Media in October 2013. He can be...

Faith as a Journey

When I was in St. Joseph Grade School in Howell, Michigan (OK, between 1954 and 1962!), people tended to speak of faith as an object that could be lost or found. That applied to future students at public high schools and most especially those attending public universities. Faith in those days was simply...

Celebrating Changing Demographics

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 47% of the Catholic population in the United States under the age of 40 is Hispanic. While this trend is not new, this reality never hit me until I saw it documented in that Pew study. Both our Church and our country are diverse, reflecting a...

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