I don't drink. Reactions to learning this from friends or acquaintances vary, but they're ordinarily quite dramatic. I suppose I can't begrudge folks their curiosity: We have loaded the decision to opt out with a variety of high-magnitude significances, from health or temperance to addiction and solidarity. None easily apply for me.
Young Voices: I never thought I would want to thank the person who burglarized my apartment building. This summer, I wish I had.
Young Voices: Church leaders hope the secular world can learn from the values of the religious traditions. But sometimes, we need to look past them to find the true lessons.
Summer is a quiet time in university life. The smarter among us run off to vacations and retreats while the rest of us board ourselves up to type and condense the work of the year. Foot traffic on campus slows down. Coffee shops close earlier. Even church has, in August, become slower: Our two services have pared down to one; our organist has taken her deserved vacation; and services have the prevailing feeling of continuance.
Young Voices: After a rewarding trip on the Camino, a tour of holy places throughout Europe created a deep experience of the Trinity.
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
Who am I to judge? Those five words rocked the world Monday because, well, they were spoken by the pope. By now, there have been countless reports and analyses on the statement. Many applauded the Holy Father while some were quick to downplay the significance. But none revealed the true source of the pope's tonal conversion: six brave souls from the Equally Blessed coalition.
I'm giving them the credit.
Young Voices: Nearly everyone in the United States grew up with systemic racism in our everyday lives and, whether we want to or not, we inherit racism.
Young Voices: "The existence and popularity of WYD is a reminder of the vibrancy and commitment that exist within our Catholic community," one young Catholic said.
I was sitting with some philosophically inclined friends, many of whom are somewhat committed atheists, one weekend when the topic of a meaningful life came up. The problem of trying to identify a "meaning" to life, one argued, is that such a meaning doesn't exist. There is, he went on, no objective or outside guide to how all human beings should live their lives, and finding grounds for human action requires asking a different question. No doubt his objection is the objection of contemporary life.
When I did the Spiritual Exercises more than a decade ago, I had no clue that the two main fruits of that retreat would continue to sustain me and my life choices. During those 30 days of silence (with only one meeting with my spiritual director each day), I prayed through the life of Christ with the help of St. Ignatius' many meditations and exercises.