Remember the Date

In his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis says, “the believer is ‘one who remembers.’” And one of the ways we remember the important markers in our faith journey is by recalling significant dates—holy days, saints’ days, Christmas, Easter. The pope...

A Quiet Pursuit

For the past few months, I have been following the work of a previously unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. The story of the discovery and subsequent promotion of her work by dogged chronicler and historian John Maloof is portrayed brilliantly in a recent documentary, Finding Vivian Maier. It is the story of...

Santo Subito!

Pope John Paul II hasn’t even been dead for ten years, and he’s a saint; amazing! How did this happen so quickly? Today we celebrate his first feast day as a saint. When he died on April 2, 2005, the crowds that gathered throughout the Vatican shouted “Santo, subito!” —...

Speak Life

I was on a conference call with an author yesterday, when I was struck by a statement he made: we’re all struggling. I found myself getting lost in that thought because it’s one I’ve had pretty often myself. We’re all doing the best we can to get along, but oftentimes we fail to see that others are...

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...

Teacher & Pupil Reunite

You never know who you’re going to run into! When St. Anthony Messenger‘s newest editor, Dan Imwalle, showed up on his first day of work, he told me: “I think that the nun at the main desk was my fourth-grade teacher!” I told Dan: “Go down and tell her that—she’ll get a kick out of it.”...

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