The Freedom to Worship

17. July 2014 Faith 0
Here’s a question for you: do you feel persecuted for being a Christian? Admittedly, religious freedom issues are a hot topic for many Americans. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the Lord’s Prayer was recited in school every day and the Ten Commandments stood as a monument on many courthouse lawns. But before ...

Haiti in the age of Pope Francis

19. May 2014 Faith, Haiti, The Pope 0
I recently met up with Father Glenn Meaux in central Haiti. After a whirlwind tour of the housing, water and education projects we’re supporting this year, I sat down for a final chat with this compassionate priest from Louisiana who has spent the last 25 years running the Kobonal Haiti Mission. I’d asked Fr. Meaux ...

My Day at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast

Last week I attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time in about 25 years. What most impressed me was that the speakers emphasized that the NPB was organized by Christians who emphasized the centrality of Jesus. Jesus the Unifier They told stories of how Jesus was the unifier of Muslims and Christians because ...

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

This Saturday is the feast day of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. God couldn’t have chosen a more diametrically opposed pair than these two men to lead his Church – Peter the rugged fisherman and Paul the learned scholar. Come to think of it, Jesus’ disciples seemed like a motley crew in general. ...

Thoughts for St. Joseph’s Day

19. March 2013 Faith, Feast Day, Saint 0
Little is known about the life of St. Joseph. Back in the 1st century, there were no paparazzi to spy on the daily activities of all of Jesus’ family members. But the basic facts are impressive enough: a simple Jewish carpenter, a “righteous man,” appointed with the responsibility of raising God’s own Son. I’m not ...

Answering the call

03. March 2013 Faith, Feast Day 0
As the American Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Katharine Drexel today, I am reminded of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday” ...

Sacrificial Love

13. February 2013 Faith 0
Today, Catholics mark the beginning of the Lenten season with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. We recognize our sin, our mortality and our need for a Savior. As the priest places ashes on our foreheads we are reminded, “You are dust, and unto dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). It is a time for repentance ...