Sr. Blandina, Pray for Lauren

Lauren Hill is a student at my alma mater Mount St. Joseph University. She plays on the basketball team. And she is battling inoperable brain cancer. Doctors have said she doesn’t have long to live. You can watch her story here. But Lauren is determined to make the most of that time. On November 2, she...

Our Language Matters

The recently concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, preparing for next October’s Ordinary Synod on the same topic, reminds me of something that noted Jesuit historian Father John W. O’Malley has written about Vatican II. One of its greatest accomplishments was using a new type of...

SAM Devotes Special Section to the Synod

Perhaps you noticed St. Anthony Messenger‘s special section on family in this issue? Hard to miss, I know! The Church will surely be buzzing during and after this month’s world Synod of Bishops on families. When the synod topic was first announced, back in 2013, we knew that it would be of high...

Mass Mobs Have Mass Appeal

Since the AP first reported the story of a group of Catholics “plotting” to fill the pews of a sparsely attended church in Buffalo, New York, Mass mobs have spread across the northern U.S. The phenomenon has been reported in Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philly, and elsewhere, particularly in...

Balancing Act

From the mouths of babes comes the truth…How many times have we heard that saying? What’s your response? Shrug it off with a smile? Let it go in one ear and out the other? Chuckle a little bit while wishing it was just that easy? As the Jack Nicholson character said, “You can’t handle the...

For Better or For Worse

A few weeks ago my family and I were late getting to church on Sunday. Instead of walking up near the front where we usually sit, we went and sat up in the balcony. Being so far from the “action,” so to speak, I found myself more easily distracted and I began watching the family in front of me. The...

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