Author Archives: Mike Jordan Laskey

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 […]

Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message: We Are One Human Family

Another day, another fantastic message from Pope Francis. January 1 is the World Day of Peace, and each year, the Pope releases a (relatively) short document on a particular peace-related theme. For 2014, Pope Francis focuses on the idea of one human family in a message called “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace.” He […]

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Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium: Work for Justice at Heart of Discipleship

The Internet is buzzing today with the release of Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). It is a wide-ranging letter that covers scores of elements of discipleship. You (and I) really should read the whole thing. Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, who did read the whole thing, is pumped up: […]

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