After washing the feet of his apostles in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus asks, “Do you know what I have done for you?” He isn’t bragging. He isn’t seeking praise. His question is authentic, and it is worthy of reflection for all of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus: Do you know what I have done […]

The Easter Triduum, the high point of the liturgical year, is full of lessons on how we might “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8). Holy Thursday: To Be Served and To Serve When I was in second grade, the pastor at our family’s parish invited me to be one of […]

In today’s Gospel, John tells the story of Jesus at the Last Supper, when he reveals to the disciples that Judas will betray him. The Scripture says that Jesus was “deeply troubled” by this situation. Jesus, who has pitched his tent among us and shared our lot, experiences the most difficult human emotion there is: fear. Though he himself tells […]

Though the conflict in Syria is raging less than 50 miles away from my home in Amman and the effects of the war can be seen and felt in countless ways throughout the country, I have lacked much of any emotional reaction to the horrific humanitarian, cultural, and environmental destruction that is occurring just beyond […]

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s message: “Jesus asks us to follow him and to travel with him along the path of love, the path that alone leads to eternal life.” “We face so many challenges in life: poverty, distress, humiliation, the struggle for justice, persecutions, the difficulty of daily conversion, the […]

Cardinal Walter Kasper: “The Pope has freed the Church from its bourgeois past.”

Check out these recent articles from around the web: White House, Congress Should Remember Pope Francis During Budget Process by Emily Conron: “The Catholic Church has said it again and again: the federal budget is a moral document that represents the priorities of a nation. While Washington might consider these cuts a small sliver, the […]

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