A Grain of Wheat

Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Last Sunday, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles preached a powerful homily honoring Oscar Romero. “One must not love oneself so much as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us. … But whoever...

What does God want?

Few weekday homilies make news the way Pope Francis’s daily homilies do. My eye was caught by the Catholic News Service headline that included the words “selfish, soulless, seafood splurge.” Caught! I took this picture on Ash Wednesday as I sat in the drive-thru at Long John...

There’s Something about Francis

Two articles popped into my Facebook news feed yesterday, both on the search for the authentic St. Francis: a The New Yorker article, Looking for St. Francis, about a display in New York of the few documents in Francis’s own hand, and “Early Celano Umbrian Legend Discovered.” The second...

Expect the Unexpected

Christmas can be bittersweet. We’re filled with hope, with memories, but the older we get the more the hope mixes with disappointment and disillusionment, the happy memories with grief for people we’ve lost to death, to distance, to disagreements. Sometimes the sounds of the season strike us as...

The Great Feast

As the fall and winter holidays roll around each year, I’m struck by the layers of memory that lie between the simplest things. My local nephew always hosts our Thanksgiving meal and each year we add new twists that soon become part of our tradition (here’s hoping that the emergency trip to buy a...

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