Our Lady of Guadalupe and the call to justice


The following is an edited version of a talk given at the conference “A Light to the Nations: Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the Church’s Global Commitment to the Poor,” sponsored by Celebration and held Jan. 12-14, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas.

 The Magnificat, also known as... read more

Ministry holds both ordinary and extraordinary moments of grace

I was called to an assisted living facility to provide end-of-life care for a woman whose daughter has faithfully served at her mom’s bedside in a 24/7 capacity for nearly a year. It is fair to say these are the wounded out on that battlefield of life about whom Pope Francis speaks regularly and eloquently.

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For thus says the Lord, the creator of the heavens, who is God,
the designer and maker of the earth who established it, not creating it to be a waste,
but designing it be lived in: I am the Lord, and there is no other.  — Isaiah 45:18

At the start of this school year, I moved to a new city to start a graduate program in library science/... read more

Streetwise meets innocent on a subway train

The New York Times publishes a weekly column they call “Metropolitan Diary.” People contribute vignettes about events that comprise daily life in New York City. On a recent trip to the Big Apple, I had my own moment of grace.

The event occurred on the subway, where, as my friend Barbara says, one always gets $2.50... read more

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. What's the line that sticks with you? Is it "Prepare ye the way of the Lord!" or "Every valley shall be exalted"? read more

God’s revelation is an intimate and personal invitation to love

Something significant happened at Vatican II that continues to impact us to this day. In Vatican II’s vision of church, and running through all the documents is a deeper understanding of our love relationship with God in and through Christ. This understanding previously existed, but not in the manner that brought a... read more

Catholic churches' lack of blitz and bling during the Advent season is called countercultural and comforting. read more

Music gives expression to our longing and our hope for the coming light

One of the opportunities and challenges for pastoral musicians in the seasons of Advent and Christmas is to help communities to celebrate in song the coming of the light and to express musically the various dimensions of this mystery. The celebration of light unfolds at this time of year over the course of... read more

The liturgical readings of December

Advent is the most difficult season in which to correctly appreciate the liturgical Scriptures. Focused on Christmas, we often miss the original message our sacred authors intend to convey. Though we can validly use the texts to better understand the implications of Jesus’ birth, the passages from the Hebrew... read more

The wondrous season of Advent invites us to enter into deep time to reflect on our lives and our global reality. Many of the liturgical readings for Advent are taken from the book of Isaiah. read more