Witness on the Beach

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This past Monday, February 15, Pope Francis released a video message regarding the 21 Christians whom the Islamic State (ISIS) had beheaded on a...

The image of God

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The crisis involving racism has not ended over the last two weeks (if it hadn’t ceased after more than four centuries of Anglo-American culture...

Racism and Catholicism

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Catholics in the United States are in an awkward situation as we face the current racism crisis. For those of us who are white,...

Knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord

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As we celebrate the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost this weekend, we conclude our meditations on the gifts of the Holy Spirit...

Counsel and fortitude

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We continue looking at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit this week by meditating on two more of them: counsel and fortitude. In Psalm 16,...

Wisdom and understanding

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During the Easter season at daily and Sunday Masses we hear proclaimed (even if only via television or the Internet) the Acts of the...

Works of Mercy during the pandemic

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n 2016 we Catholics observed a Year of Mercy, which reminded us to approach the Lord Jesus to receive His mercy and urged us to...

Night and the cross

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“And it was night” (Jn 13:30). The Gospel notes Judas’ departure from the Last Supper to go off and betray Jesus with these words. John...

A new type of Lent

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This is certainly a time like no other — for most of us, that is. We need to keep in perspective that almost anyone...

“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20)

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These words of St. Paul (in the title) are the focus of Pope Francis’ annual Lenten message, which he broke down into four themes.  The...

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