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...

The Golden Rule

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who...

Gun Control: A Personal Life Issue

Three nights ago, a pizza parlor owner was killed with a gun during a robbery in my neighborhood. This husband, and father of three small children, was building a unique business for himself. I was a loyal customer and fan of his unique pizzas. The shock and anger I feel as I type this has not subsided since...

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