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Lenten Reflection Series: Playing Our Role

Jesus’ hour has almost come; the actors are ready to play their roles and the show is about to go on. With only six days before the great celebration, which role will you play? There is Martha, giving of herself in joyful service, waiting on the needs of the Lord and the people of God. […]

Lenten Reflection Series: Choosing Mercy Where We Can

The anointing of Jesus at the house of Simon the Leper causes quite the stir in today’s Gospel. Scandalized by the cost of the oil used, onlookers ask why the money was not given to the poor. But Jesus responds, “She has done a good thing for me.” How often am I like those “indignant” […]

The Way of Perfection: Carmelites in Contemporary Life

Today marks the 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Avila, the saint whose name I took at my confirmation. Teresa is a looming figure in Catholic history. A reformer, writer, and mystic, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church, an honor which acknowledges the saint’s important theological […]

Lenten Reflection Series: He is My God, and I am His Daughter

In today’s Gospel we hear Caiaphas explain to the Pharisees why he wants Jesus to be killed : “…It is better for you that one man should die instead of the people so that the whole nation may not perish.” To Caiaphas it seemed that killing one man was justified because the rest would be […]

Lenten Reflection Series: How Jesus Responds to Criticism

Today’s gospel tells us about Jesus and his response to those who are picking up rocks to stone him.  How must it have felt to be Jesus?  He was constantly criticized throughout his ministry.  The rallying calls against Him reached such a fever pitch that He was crucified. And yet, we see Him – in […]

Global Indifference, Solidarity, and Authentic Development

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life recently hosted a dialogue on Pope Francis’ message and actions, Catholic social teaching, and authentic development. The event featured Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Organization of American States; David Beckmann, president of Bread for the […]

Pope Francis, Mary, and a Church Where Women Are Leaders

  Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article in Time. He writes: Francis’s conception of Mary is not just as the meek mother of God, but also as a strong and courageous leader of the faith. While studying in Germany in the late 1980s, the future pope, then named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, developed an […]


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