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Frederic Ozanam Addresses Congress?

After viewing the presentation of Sr. Claire Sweeney, DC on Frederick Ozanam and Social Justice, I fantasized what he might say if he, like Pope Francis, were invited to address a joint session of Congress.

Sunday Gospel Readings – a Jigsaw puzzle?

Jews asked why was the temple destroyed? Jesus was a miracle worker. How could he let this happen? How could they make sense of their suffering?

My Father Wouldn’t Do This To Me!

“Right out there, reverberating in the air, echoing in my own ears. My father wouldn’t do this to me, and God my Father wasn’t doing this to me either.”

Is the Church a Closet?

Is the Church a Closet?

Is the Church like a closet where we wistfully keep things from the past, a dreary chamber filled only with us, our problems and our disappointments? Then it will be impossible to recognize God’s silent and unassuming presence.

Who Are the Experts?

Who Are the Experts?

People experiencing poverty have an expertise that can not be taught in a classroom. They know their situation from the inside. They understand many dimensions of poverty that may not occur to us.

Today’s Parish Is Not What It Once Was

Today’s Parish Is Not What It Once Was

“The Congregation is not now what it once was; nor is it what it will be.” Some 400 years later Greg Gay, his 23rd successor, adapted these words. “The world is not now what it once was, nor is it what it will be.” Today we can say “The parish is not now what it once was, nor is it what it will be.”