MEMORIALS AND VOWS

On this weekend we remember all those men and women military of our country who died in the course of combat:  in declared war, in “police actions,” in peace-keeping efforts (and, honestly, also those first responders who have given their lives for the sake of...

BERNARDINE OF SIENA—WHO??

St Bernardine of Siena is a figure well worth getting to know (his optional memorial is celebrated on 20 May).  Let’s do this!           He was born near Siena (no surprise) in the end of the 14th century and lived...

SHEPHERDS AND SHEEP

The Gospel image of this weekend (all three Lectionary cycles) is that of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  It’s a beautiful image, and it’s one that has been enshrined in some of the earliest Christian art, including paintings and sculptures from the Roman...

NOTRE DAME, OUR MOTHER

I was enjoying a bit of lunch when my friend Bob Grip blasted me a text:  “Are you watching CNN?”  When I said no, he messaged, “Notre Dame is burning.”  My first thought was my Alma Mater, the University in South Bend, IN.  When I asked,...

THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY

If we think that the theme of the mercy of God is something invented or discovered by Pope Francis, we need to re-think.  We have only to go back about a hundred years, actually.           Consider a prayer many of us...

EASTER AT LAST

So Lent is finally over, and the promises that were made just before Ash Wednesday are officially ended (most of them kept most of the time).  The discipline that made the past season worthwhile doesn’t have the “scaffolding” of the days of liturgical purple any...