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...

Stand for Life

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Today we remember Roe v. Wade, that awful Supreme Court decision that sits...

That’s My Little Girl

Last night my oldest daughter, Maddie, left on a bus filled with her high school classmates. Their destination? Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. It was her idea. She said she wanted to experience what it felt like to be part of a group coming together for a common cause. Of course, my husband,...

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