Columns Archive

In Light of Faith: Keeping cradle Catholics in the faith Default Thumbnail
Perspective

In Light of Faith: Keeping cradle Catholics in the faith

In his book “The Four Loves,” C.S. Lewis writes: “The typical expression of opening friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’” I […]

Empathy: a Father’s Day gift Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Empathy: a Father’s Day gift

While visiting with friends and family who work with the homeless population and elderly veterans, the conversation turned to how many of these men are estranged from their families. Some […]

‘I am the living bread, come down from heaven’ Default Thumbnail
Columns

‘I am the living bread, come down from heaven’

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ John 6:51-58 This weekend the church celebrates the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, perhaps better known by its Latin […]

Can I donate my body to science? Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Can I donate my body to science?

Some people may wish to donate their body to science after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided their body would contribute to […]

The Eucharist: the New Manna from Heaven Default Thumbnail
Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The Eucharist: the New Manna from Heaven

This Sunday, we will be celebrating the beautiful Eucharistic feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). On this day, the Church gives thanks to God […]

The Catholic Doctor: When the heart beats too fast Default Thumbnail
Perspective

The Catholic Doctor: When the heart beats too fast

Some time ago, I was trying to convince one of my patients to exercise. His response makes me smile every time I think about it. “Doc, I am a firm […]

Religious freedom 2.0: An executive order short on orders Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Religious freedom 2.0: An executive order short on orders

On May 4, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on religious freedom that was soon criticized from different directions. The order expresses an intent “to vigorously enforce federal law’s […]

NEW COLUMN: In Light of Faith Default Thumbnail
Perspective

NEW COLUMN: In Light of Faith

Attending Mass led to my conversion  Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman once wrote that “to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Cardinal Newman, a notable convert […]

‘Let your yes mean yes’: honesty with God, others Default Thumbnail
Perspective

‘Let your yes mean yes’: honesty with God, others

Rachel Gardner has a bad habit: She says yes when she ought to say no. A friend will ask to do lunch on Wednesday. “I say, ‘of course,’” Rachel recounts, […]

Together, Christians bear God’s mission Default Thumbnail
Columns

Together, Christians bear God’s mission

Feast of Pentecost John 20:19-23 Pentecost, the feast celebrated on this weekend, is the greatest day of the church’s year, save for Easter and Christmas. It is interesting in this […]

The four dimensions of formation Default Thumbnail
Perspective

The four dimensions of formation

The church, in her 2,000-year existence, has acquired a copious amount of wisdom. Part of that wisdom is found in the approach to seminary formation that the last century has […]

Doping athletes Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Doping athletes

The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in competitive sports, but also raises broader ethical issues and […]