Things You Say

A few weeks ago, some old friends rolled through town on their way to the Appalachian missions. You can see them in the featured image, left to right: Sister Pat Himmer, Sister Ann Redig, and Sister Marcan Freking—all Rochester Franciscans—accompanied by Glenmary Brother Dennis Craig. My wife, Cathy, and...

Solidarity Revisited

“Pope Francis denounces corruption and a culture of selfishness and individualism, while calling for a culture of solidarity.” With these words, Catholic News Service summed up Pope Francis’ visit to one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, Varginha, where the pope reminded the people:  “You...

Black and White: A Tale of Two Futures

Last week the country rocked, in some small way, with the announcement of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida. Everyone knows the reported details, the volunteer guard (28 years old; mixed-race Hispanic) following and confronting the teenaged African...

Why We Care About Nelson Mandela

Today’s guest blogger is Fr. David Moczulski, OFM. He was for many years involved with the friars’ Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation and is now a hospital chaplain in Pittsburgh. My earliest real remembrance of Nelson Mandela, apart from the media, was from Sr. Berchmans, a...

Independence Day

Today’s holiday celebrates the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Beyond the traditional parades and fireworks displays, this holiday also affords an opportunity for us citizens to reflect on the language of the declaration. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are...

Color Me Red, White, and Blue

Years ago (when I was much younger), I drove from Colorado to Michigan on the Fourth of July. Driving through the great plains states as darkness fell, I saw fireworks in the distance in every small town. For several hours I kept discovering another celebration, another burst of light in the skies. I felt I...

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