Columns

  • Marking an anniversary

    May 05, 2016

    What we cease to celebrate, we will soon cease to cherish. This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious congregation to which I belong, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

  • Loyalty and patriotism revisited

    May 02, 2016

    In a recent article in America magazine, Grant Kaplan, commenting on the challenge of the resurrection, makes this comment: “Unlike previous communiti

  • The things that money can never buy

    May 02, 2016

    Even back in gospel times, they tried to put a price on Jesus, or rather on Judas. Thirty pieces of silver, they thought, was what it would take to bu

  • Love – a projection and a reality

    Apr 22, 2016

    The famed Jungian writer, Robert Johnson, makes this observation about falling in love: “To fall in love is to project the most noble and infinitely v

  • Freeing God from captivity

    Apr 22, 2016

    It seems to me that not a few people would like to place God in a familiar place, so that we can look him up when we need him.

  • A crowded hospital, the Panama Papers and squandered public funds

    Apr 15, 2016

    The other day, I visited a relative in a general hospital.

  • The power of prayer and ritual inside our helplessness

    Apr 15, 2016

    In the movie based upon Jane Austen’s classic novel, Sense and Sensibility, there’s a very poignant scene where one of her young heroines, suffering from acute pneumonia, is lying in bed hovering between life and death.

  • A living memorial for the Year of Mercy in every diocese

    Apr 08, 2016

    Today’s Gospel reading contains a wonderful resurrection scene at the conclusion of the Gospel of John.

  • A shirt of flame

    Apr 08, 2016

    They say that the book you most need to read finds you when you most need to read it.

  • The Triumph of Goodness

    Apr 01, 2016

    The stone which rolled away from the tomb of Jesus continues to roll away from every sort of grave.