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Columns Growing in Faith

Two saints who simply could not agree

“People who profoundly love the church can profoundly disagree.” Of course, such a statement appears obviously acceptable to most people at first blush. There are analogues to be drawn with

Columns Growing in Faith Understanding Pope Francis

Egypt’s complex and storied Christian history

In what is an unusually expedited timeline, the Vatican announced this week that Pope Francis will travel over the extended Easter season to visit Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during the

Columns On Behalf of Justice

Scripture tells us we all are sinners

What do you see in common with these inspired texts from both testaments? — 1 Kings 8, 46f and 2 Chronicles 6, 36f: “When they sin against you (for there

A Pastoral Message Columns

The practice of ‘Letting Go’ in the Lenten Season

A Jersey shore seagull with a broken wing cannot fly. A blackbird that clings to a tree branch cannot fly. A bat that clings to the gutter of your home

Columns That All May Be One

Interfaith Passover Seder on March 27

One of the ongoing humorous mistakes over the years in which I have been attending various meetings and gatherings at local Jewish synagogues and the Jewish Community Center is that,

Columns Understanding Pope Francis

Classic text foreshadows the pontificate of Pope Francis

My graduate classes this week are beginning to explore a classic and relevant ecclesiological text: Father Ladislas Orsy’s influential 1987 book “The Church: Learning and Teaching.” One would be hard-pressed

Columns Life & Justice Ministries

Welcoming refugees is the Lord’s work

Have you ever had a moment when you just knew the Holy Spirit was at work right in front of you? When your spine tingles and your eyes grow wide?

As I See It Columns

Learning from great theologians and my mother

Somewhere in the midst of pursuing a master’s degree in theology, of immersing myself in the likes of Karl Rahner (poetic, to me) and Hans Urs Von Balthasar (barely comprehensible),

Columns Growing in Faith

Grace comes with the abandonment of self

The Western Church celebrates a relatively late start to Lent this year. One benefit is that as our spiritual journeys of penitence and self-reflection are still relatively fresh, the timing


The death and witness of a poet-priest

While in England this week, I was privileged to meet with a number of local experts curating some manuscripts and rare books of Robert Southwell, a Jesuit priest and poet