Month: September 2021

Pope Francis Wants To Hear From You!

The Synod is “intended to inspire people to dream about the church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts, and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.”

The Gift and Challenge of Vincentian Imagination

We talk, perhaps too glibly, of the Vincentian charism. For a moment, I would like to reframe the conversation. Let’s talk about the Vincentian imagination!… and how it led to the “Vincentian Question.”

Lots of Words But… What’s the Issue?

I offer just two words not in any of the lists of racisim-related words… but at the heart of any discussion. Our Father! These two words, taught by Jesus himself, are key to who he is and who we are.

Why Is There So Much Hatred Today?

Recently, I prepared to lead a discussion on why there is so much hatred in our world. What follows draws heavily from Why People Hate: The Science Behind Why We Love to Hate.

Is “Our Father” a Challenging Prayer?

God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’” (No. 35).
For this reason, I have wished to devote the Message for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees to the theme, Towards An Ever Wider “We”.

Pledging a “Better Kind of Politics”?

Pope Francis calls us to “build a better kind of politics”. The USCCB suggest almost a “12 step program” for building community as envisaged when we truly commit to what we pray for in the “Our Father”.

Looking At 9/11 Through Generational Eyes

Looking At 9/11 Through Generational Eyes – While students struggle to imagine the emotions felt by those who witnessed the tragedy, however, many faculty members are struggling to forget.

Has Anything Changed In 20 Years?

Almost twenty years later I find myself, for different reasons, thinking anew “The world will never be the same.” The only difference is that it seems to have gotten even worse.

Stories of Jesus’ Interruptions

Living with the Jesus of Interruptions. – How many times are you interrupted in the middle of your plans? Do you think of interruptions as annoyances … or opportunities encounter a body of Christ?

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