Year of Mercy: Visiting the Sick in the Jungle

Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the Sick The indigenous families living in this South American jungle village came early to see the American doctors running a free health clinic. They paddled dugout canoes for miles on the placid waters of the Wakapoa Creek, gave their names and sat on wooden benches to wait...

Pope Francis on the Year of Mercy

The following excerpts are from the book The Year of Mercy: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, published by Franciscan Media. The Great River of Mercy In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to...

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

In this reading we find the ancient prayer of blessing which God gave to Moses to hand on to Aaron and his sons: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24–25). A Word...

Does the Earth Have Cancer?

My 71-year-old mom has stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and she is currently undergoing an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. Cancer has been a painful, difficult journey, both for her and for all of us who love her. In my environmental work, I’ve come across the idea that human beings, as a species, have...

What’s New about the “New” Feminism?

Recently, something called “The New Feminism” has been getting quite a bit of press, both in print and online. An expression coined by St. John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, the New Feminism is about helping women to live and express Gospel values more effectively in the Church and in the...

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