Politically Correct Communion

I was privileged recently to attend the installation of a friend of mine in an endowed chair of spiritual theology at a well-known Protestant seminary in Chicago. The installation was built into a Protestant communion service that gave me a chance to say, “And also with you,” rather than, “And with...

Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

As we put the finishing touches on the October issue of Liberty+Vine magazine, my thoughts turn to fear. That’s because we chose the concept of fear and its many facets as the driver behind next month’s articles in L+V. Fear isn’t always a bad thing, of course. Sometimes it helps us make...

Why I Like Pope Francis

There’s been a lot of press about the interview Fr. Antonio Spardano, SJ, conducted with Pope Francis this past August, which was published in its English translation last week in America magazine. It’s a powerful interview for many reasons. The pope talked about women in the Church, abortion...

In Praise of Healers

“You are a lucky man.” I will never forget these words from the retina surgeon who had just proclaimed the wonderful news that the surgery he performed on my left eye had saved my sight. He further explained that a retina detachment that includes the macular region rarely works so well as to restore full...

The Holy Land

In 1993 I had the chance to visit the Holy Land.  It was one of those large tour groups that load you on buses and motor you to all the significant sacred sites in a week.  It was crowded and tiring and hot and unfamiliar, and I loved every minute of it! I loved the idea of going to visit the places where...

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