Columns

  • Embrace, pray for our grieving long-suffering Rohingya brethren

    Sep 10, 2017

    Just last week, a good friend of mine lost his nephew, whom he treated as his own son, in a road accident. His sister was grief stricken — the young adult had been her only child.

  • On papal flight, Francis says Colombia trip a push to 'go forward on path to peace'

    Sep 07, 2017

    Pope Francis began his five-day visit to Colombia by calling the trip "a bit special," saying it is meant to help the country "go forward on its path to peace" following the recent ending of a bloody 50-year war between the nation’s government and rebel guerilla forces.

  • The power of ritual

    Aug 31, 2017

    I don’t always find it easy to pray. Often, I’m over-tired, distracted, caught-up in tasks, pressured by work, short on time, lacking the appetite for prayer, or more strongly drawn to do something else.

  • Assault on our common solidarity

    Aug 30, 2017

    One of the central tenets of Christianity is the belief that God the Father sent Jesus into the world to redeem a fallen world.

  • Is the single life a vocation? Maybe we’re asking the wrong question

    Aug 30, 2017

    The reasons that there are more single people in the Church now than in other times in recent history are many and varied – an emphasis on education, a culture that values individualism, higher rates of divorce and economic factors are just some of the many reasons there are more singles in the pews.

  • Sixty years on, sailing in uncharted waters

    Aug 25, 2017

    As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Independence of the peninsula, the occasion should prompt us to reflect on where we are now.

  • God needs better press

    Aug 25, 2017

    The word “Protestant” is generally misunderstood. Martin Luther’s protest that led to the Protestant reformation was not, in fact, a protest against the Roman Catholic Church; properly understood, it was a protest for God. God, in Luther’s view, was being manipulated to serve human and ecclesial selfinterest

  • Is the single life a vocation? Maybe we’re asking the wrong question

    Aug 25, 2017

    From a young age, Catholics are taught to pray about and discern their vocations — whether they’re called to marriage, to the religious life, to the priesthood, or consecrated single life.

  • What Thomas Merton would say about war with North Korea

    Aug 18, 2017

    Robert Jeffress, an evangelical pastor and close adviser to Donald J. Trump, said that the president has biblical permission and moral authority to “take out” North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un. Citing Romans 13, Rev. Jeffress said that God grants governments the authority to punish evildoers with whatever means necessary.

  • Earth Overshoot Day receives scant media coverage

    Aug 18, 2017

    Amidst the deluge of news flooding our media, one critical item received scant coverage in the media: this year, Earth Overshoot Day inched forward to August 2.