DOING BATTLE

“Many try to fly away from temptations only to fall more deeply into them; for you cannot win a battle by mere flight. It is only by patience and humility that you will be strengthened against the enemy. Those who shun them outwardly and do not pull them out by...

BUGS AND BABIES

The current issue of National Geographic has a fascinating article on a miniscule family of insects known as “Tree Hoppers.”  [The issue also has a very depressing feature on life for Salvadorans in their home country, but that is a topic for another time.] ...

THE ROME SUMMIT: HIGHS AND LOWS

From 21 through 24 February, Pope Francis met with leaders of all Catholic national conference presidents and leaders of men’s and women’s religious orders in an effort to face down and deal with the evil of clergy sexual abuse of minors and in particular the cover-up...

THE CARDINAL AND THE GOVERNOR

What can I say about the conflict between the Cardinal and the Governor?  Why has he not excommunicated the Governor?  There is a combination of possible answers (Let’s be very clear:  I am NOT privy to the mind of the Cardinal!).  We need to...

BREATHING WITH BOTH LUNGS

The title of this essay was referred to a few weeks ago in my homily.  It reflects the passion of Pope St John Paul II to bring unity to the two great Churches of the Latin West and the Orthodox East.  Why hasn’t it happened? The split occurred over a period of...