WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ‘CATHOLIC’?

Since the word “catholic” means “universal,” I guess to be “catholic” means, at least to some extent, to be a part of the universe—to know that there are no exclusions, only welcome.  Or in the famous description of the Irish novelist James Joyce:  “Here...

HOW TO (AND HOW NOT TO) RELATE

When I returned from the canonization of Cardinal Newman earlier this week, Eileen Rettig gave me an op-ed piece by John Garvey, currently President of Catholic University of America, an alumnus of Notre Dame, and a former law professor there.  The article is...

GIVING AND RECEIVING

The journey I’m on right now, as you all know, is for me the journey of a lifetime.  I’m in the Delta Sky Lounge right now, waiting for the flight to Rome, and then the train to Assisi.  But rather than focus on this week for me, I want to reflect on the...

CONVERGING IMPROBABILITIES

So everyone knows that I’m heading to Italy to attend (and concelebrate) the Mass of canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman.  What could be better than taking (a very small!) active part in the honoring of my own personal spiritual and theological hero? ...

LET’S GET VULGAR

Before everyone freaks out, what do I actually mean?  The word “vulgar” has come to mean crude and/or obscene.  But that is not quite the original meaning that has morphed into this modern sense.  The earlier, original, meaning of the word was used to...

TWIN SAINTS

This Thursday is the Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian.  They are worth getting to know.           According to the tradition, they were twin brothers, born in Syria, and they were physicians.   Contrary...