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Parish transformation

As more and more parishes realize that the work of evangelization and discipleship requires a change in the way we are Church, pastors and staffs are looking for new ways to engage people in the life ...



Living within your meansJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I live a very full life. I'm constantly on-the-go, over-planning, over-committing, over-doing, over-producing. Basically, I tend to be over-the-top in just about every way. That must have been more than ...

Bonds LoosedScott Hahn

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week's First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test. The Church ...

The Latino effect of Pope Francis at year five of his pontificateHosffman Ospino

Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people's imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected pope. What kind of leadership ...

Conscience and grace: A Lenten meditationGeorge Weigel

The scriptures of Lent in the Church's daily liturgy invite two related reflections. The weeks immediately preceding Easter call us to walk to Jerusalem in imitation of Christ, so that, at Easter, we, ...

Good sportsJohn Garvey

When I was about 13, I had a bad temper -- so bad that I quit playing golf. When I played poorly (which was most of the time), I would throw clubs and say things I was not allowed to say at home. It ...

True Versus False Human RightsFather Roger J. Landry

2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed three years after the 1945 foundation of the United Nations to give definition to the "fundamental human ...

Celibacy RevisitedFather Ron Rolheiser

Writing in the first person is always a risk, but the subject matter of this column is best done, I feel, through personal testimony. In a world where chastity and celibacy are seen as naÏve and ...

The Smartphone: The best and the brightest's plague on our childrenKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The best minds of this generation are not going into the Peace Corps, politics, religious life and certainly not into teaching. They have taken their education, their talents and their energy off to California's ...