It didn’t take long for people to become apoplectic in regards to Pope Francis’ addresses to Congress and the United Nations. Self-labeled conservatives took to the interwebs to claim the Pope is not really a Christian and/or is ignorant and cowardly on the real issues. Give them time and they'll insist that him offering a… Continue reading Pope Frances & good-enough Catholicism
Last month, near mid-December in the middle of my work day, I ran to daily Mass. It wasn't for exercise, and it wasn't because I was a few minutes late - although I was, as I frequently am. And it wasn't because the desert sky was pouring rain and I had no umbrella, although it… Continue reading Running to Mass in the rain
We're in the homestretch with Lent, with just two more weeks until Easter. This week will be difficult but Holy Week will be better, due to the oh-so-close feeling of being inches away from Easter Sunday. (Forgive me Father, for I am a Lenten whiner.) I've been pretty good with my Lenten sacrifices, but not… Continue reading On reading the Bible in public
Pope Francis is not the first pope to speak of the Church's preferential option for the poor. Neither is he the first to criticize unbridled capitalism or critique harshly the belief in trickle-down economics. But his actions toward the poor and disenfranchised make Church teaching about the least of these much, much harder to ignore.… Continue reading Who is in your stable?
The entire country, it seems, spent the past few days running roughshod over Thanksgiving in a mad dash toward shopping and decorating for Christmas. Life was focused on all things consumer. Or at least that's how it seemed to me and a handful of "What about Thanksgiving?" people. I love Christmas as much as the… Continue reading Advent Girl
I spent Saturday morning with a group of Catholic women that meets regularly to discuss matters of faith. The assigned reading was a 1926 G. K. Chesterton piece on why he was Catholic. It was a fair choice since many in the group have been asking themselves that question for the past few years. But… Continue reading Hope – and fear – in taking the Pope at his word
It happened again today: Someone told me she wasn't Catholic, "but I really like your Pope." I feel like I should start keeping track of these people - the not-Catholic-but-admiring-the-leader-of-Catholics. It's actually pretty cool. For the first time in quite some time, being Catholic hasn't meant being derided in my place of employment or the… Continue reading Kindness matters, especially with the truth