Author Archives: Bridge Coleman

Marathons and Prayer: Moving Forward from Terror

“Terror in the Heartland” read the headline in our morning newspaper 20 years ago. It was sprawled over a full-color photo of a firefighter holding a little girl. That image and headline are burned into my memory. Even though I lived far from Oklahoma City, the terror resonated with my teenage self. People went to […]

Recognizing the Personhood of Unborn Children in Our Daily Actions

For the Church in the United States, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision marks a day of prayer for the unborn, and Catholics join others in marching for life in the streets. But as we engage in this prayer and protest, it is essential to go back to the basics of what being […]

The Baby Jesus: Meeting Us Where We Are

Theologians have many explanations for why God sent His Son as a child. For our family, with young children, the practical reasons are clear. When our oldest child was a toddler, I quickly realized how essential the Baby Jesus was to him, as a child himself. Children know about babies. They love to see themselves […]

Pope’s Message to the Americas for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Check out Pope Francis’ Message to the Americas for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas. I would like to greet all my brothers and sisters on that continent, and I do so thinking of the Virgin of Tepeyac. When Our […]

Crush the Idols of Our Time

“Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness like the crime of idolatry. “(1 Sam 15:23) On October 1st, the American people saw the effects of stubbornness come to fruition. Many people will not be going to work for an indefinite period. Under these circumstances, it is time to ask ourselves if we have […]

Redefining What It Means to be a Role Model

Every few months a celebrity makes a mistake that ends up making headlines, and many parents cry foul: “What? That was my child’s role model!” There are two things very wrong with this reaction.  First, it treats celebrities as superhuman figures who should be above making mistakes. Second, why should a celebrity automatically be treated […]

Gratitude for the Sacred Work of our Daily Lives

Yesterday’s celebration of Labor Day got me thinking about workers and the many jobs they work, both menial and skilled, white and blue collar, so many of which are essential to the functioning of our society. Some of us receive accolades for the work we do, while others get waves from young children enamored by […]


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