How to Talk Wookie

What do hobbits, angels, and wizards have in common? What might it sound like if a Wookie from Star Wars had a conversation with a Catholic? How can superheroes help you discover your vocation? You can find the answers to these questions in Fr. Roderick Vonhogen’s book, Geekpriest: Confessions of a New...

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...

Speaking in Tongues

I read an article in the New York Times last week titled “Why We Talk in Tongues,” written by T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University. The author had traveled to Accra, Ghana, to study the charismatic Christian churches becoming popular in that part of the world, and there she...

Buy Local

That beautiful bowl of strawberries in the photo at left is why I won’t buy strawberries at any other time of year. I bought this quart at a local farm last week; it was surprising, because by late July strawberries are usually long gone. But it was a cold, wet spring, which doesn’t bode well for...

St. Clare, Cat Lover

My daughter, Carolyn, recently made a move from Maryland to New York,. In between, she moved back home for two months while looking for an apartment and a job. Along with the many things that came along with her move, she brought her cat, Murphy. (The cat is a female, but was named for my daughter’s...

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