Taking Christ out to the streets

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On October 11, the Church celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.  The Second Vatican Council was summoned, St. John...

Hunting the shoals of herring

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“With our nets and gear we’re faring on the wild and wasteful ocean. “It’s there that we hunt and earn our bread as we hunt...

Reviving a sense of mission in the Amazon

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Pope Francis was elected to bring about a missionary metamorphosis of the Church.  The “next pope,” Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, told his brother cardinals during their...

Merton contemplation and action

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January is a month when justice receives national recognition. The nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. days before thousands assemble in Washington, D.C. to...

The great danger of a misguided charity and false compassion

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The push to substitute “gender identity” or “gender expression” for biological sex has enormous ramifications in terms of law, education, economy, health, medicine, safety,...

A pilgrimage of faith through the streets of Manhattan

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One of the things I love to do in New York City is leading walking pilgrimages to the most beautiful churches in Manhattan.  I take...

Life can be a real drain

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It’s firmly established in the Jolivet Family that my brother followed in my dad’s footsteps with skilled hands and a keen eye for detail....

New cures from embryonic stem cells?

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A recent article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata chronicles the remarkable story of a patient who for many years suffered from type...

Trash Wednesday

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I wonder sometimes why I can remember some things well back into my past, and other times I have no recollection of events just as...

St. Joseph as a model for Lent

Many can treat St. Joseph as an afterthought or some kind of ancient “player-to-be-named-later” in a package deal for the young virgin to whom...

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