Author Archives: Mike Jordan Laskey

Three Tips for Introducing Christmas to Kids: Story, Simplicity, Sharing

Recently, my sister-in-law texted me a photo of my niece, who’s 18 months old, covering her gaping mouth in pure wonder at the sight of a chintzy Christmas-light display in a big-box store. It reminded me of the uniquely wonderful time of year this is for young kids. But you don’t have to watch TV […]

Social Justice and the New Evangelization: Perfect Partners

When I was invited to speak at a parish recently, I shared a story that my predecessor in Life & Justice Ministries, the late Larry DiPaul, loved to tell. At the end of a family gathering years ago, Larry packed up some leftover lasagna in a Tupperware container to take home. Larry was a prolific […]

Called to Love All Life

Daniel Hoover and Martha Jordan are the keynote speakers at this year’s Diocese of Camden Respect Life Leaders Gathering on Saturday, October 18 at St. Charles Borromeo in Sicklerville. By then, they’ll be married! (Yes, to each other!) The gathering, Called to Love All Life, will bring together current and aspiring leaders in the pro-life […]

Prison Ministry Today: An Interview with Sr. Mary Lou Lafferty

Sr. Mary Lou Lafferty, OSF, the Prison Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Camden, took the time to answer five questions about her ministry. To learn more about her, check out this great interview from the National Catholic Reporter. To get involved in prison ministry, visit this diocesan website. Why do you think the Church is […]

Two Life & Justice Saints: Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

On Sunday, the Catholic Church will canonize Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. It’s worth taking some time to read up on them and the canonization at the USCCB’s special site for the historic day, or dip into any of their great books. In this space, I’d like to highlight three quotes from each saint-to-be […]

What Are You Doing For Easter?

“What are you doing for Lent?” A few years ago, when I was a parish youth minister, I asked the students to think about ways they could truly live the season. There was a lot of discussion about giving things up: technology, certain foods, picking on a younger brother or sister. Some mentioned collecting money […]

Sin, Evil, Injustice, and Even Death are No Match for God’s Love

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 […]

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