Author Archives: Mike Jordan Laskey

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 […]

Which One Of Jesus’ Disciples Are You? Q&A with BuzzFeed’s Ellie Hall

If you use social media, you’ve probably taken a BuzzFeed quiz. (Or 20.) If you haven’t participated, the gist is simple: you answer a series of multiple choice questions on a particular topic (choose a color, pick a relaxing activity, etc.) and the popular website BuzzFeed will tell you which Bill Murray character you are, […]

Responding to Roe v. Wade, 41 Years On

My wife Genevieve and I have become fast friends with a married couple that lives nearby. A few weeks ago, we were out for drinks, and they told us exciting news: they’re expecting their first child. It was early on in the pregnancy, and Gen and I were among the first people to find out […]

Isn’t There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas Is All about?

At the beginning of the wonderful “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown is depressed, and he doesn’t know why. Christmas is right around the corner, but all the festivities just don’t feel right. The preoccupation with presents and decorating for Christmas display contests seem too commercial, and a mailbox empty of Christmas cards doesn’t help […]


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