Walking Behind the King

Peek behind its all too triumphant regal imagery and look beyond the awkward political reasons for its creation, and the Feast of Christ the King invites us—compels us, really—to consider a tough question: Who or what has real authority in our lives? Cast the same question in the language of discipleship...

#NCYC

“I know you like this part of your job,” my husband says to me as I pack my bags for NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) in Indianapolis. It’s true. I do like this part of my job. While I don’t like leaving my family for a few days, I do welcome the change of scenery and the...

The Sunday Morning Facebook Fracas

Ah, Sunday morning. A time to relax, start slowly, worship, spend time with family … and engage in a minor religious battle on Facebook. That’s how last Sunday began for me, however unintentionally. A friend of mine posted a photo of a church sign she found interesting. And from the depths of...

Gratitude and Discipleship

I confess—I sometimes have a problem with discouragement. I see circumstances lined up against me and I throw up my hands. I can’t imagine a good outcome. As far as my mind can understand, I see no reason for hope. Worse still, even when I choose to hope and to stand firm in faith, I often fall flat on...

Losing a Champion of the Heart

I never met John S. Dunne, C.S.C., longtime theology professor at Notre Dame, but I felt I lost a good friend when I heard he had died recently. We became friends through his books, and I felt sad that we had lost a religious voice that was so authentic, so passionate, so filled with grace. Although Father...

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