Hope in the Holy Land

Five journalists from various Catholic publications are in Tel Aviv for a tour of the Holy Land that coincides with the historic visit of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew. This is a crossroads where Christians, Jews, and Muslims, among Druze and other peoples, struggle to maintain identity in the heart...

I’m Sorry- Nice To See You!

How strange is it that we find the answers when we least expect it. I had one of those moments a while ago at a meeting on the New Evangelization. Before I get to that answer, let me start with the question. A few years ago, during Lent, I went to confession. Now, most people reading this are probably...

St. Rita, the Peacemaker

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457). Somehow, over the years, I had inherited a medium-sized statue of St. Rita. Had it not been for her name at the base of the statue, I wouldn’t have had a clue as to whom the statue represented. I actually found it to be a tad creepy at...

Is Jesus At My Parish Festival?

Well it’s that time of year again! Parish festival season is commencing. Almost every Catholic parish in my city has one during the summer months. For some people it may be the only time they see their fellow parishioners outside of Sunday Mass. And I think that’s too bad because it’s important to...

“Mercy, mercy, looking for mercy”

One of the words Pope Francis uses over and over again is mercy. Every time I see a reference to his book The Church of Mercy, Peter Gabriel’s haunting song “Mercy Street: For Anne Sexton” starts playing in my head. The imagery in the music video makes clear the connection to Anne...

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