Ask a Franciscan: To Give or Not to Give?

Q. What should we do when we’re driving and we see a man by the side of the road holding a sign that reads, “Family hungry. Will do anything for food”? When I see this, I feel sad and confused. What if the person is not really in need, but hoping to get money for drugs? What if the person really is in...

J.O.Y.

Our guest blogger today is Kelly M. Wahlquist, author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy. When I was in eighth grade, we got a new principal, Sr. Mary Gwendolyn. At the end of every single day, over the P.A. system, Sr. Mary Gwendolyn said the same thing to us: “Remember...

Ask a Franciscan: Why Is There So Much Injustice?

Q. If God is all-powerful and all-good, why does evil exist? I have heard the theories of human free will, responsibility, and weakness after Adam and Eve’s fall. We simply don’t know why God allows what God allows. Why is there so much unbearable injustice in the world? A. The evidence of human...

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...

Lent: A Season for Sacrifice

Our guest blogger today is Kyle Kramer, the executive director of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky.. Years ago, as Lent approached, I asked a trusted spiritual counselor what he was going to give up. He gave me a sly grin and said, “I’m giving up giving things up for...

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...

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