Day 4 of the Webathon this morning opens seemingly with contrasts on our homepage.
The video that greeted you  was from Benedict Sr. Joan Chittister, a longtime friend of NCR. Sr. Joan has written for the newspaper and for NCRonline.org and served on our board of directors at one time. Sr. Joan's video asks, "What does it mean to be really Catholic?"
Meanwhile, the endorsement at the top of the page is from The Catholic University of America student John McCarthy , who began blogging at NCR Today a few months ago.
Some would see these two endorsements as a contrast: Obviously John and Sr. Joan come from two generations. They couldn't be more different. Or could they?
Last week, I talked with a young woman, a university student in journalism, who is applying for our editorial internship program. She told me she knew about NCR because her mother is a longtime subscriber and her mother and grandmother have attended Sr. Joan's lectures at the Chautauqua Institution  for years and years. This prospective intern had read Joan's columns and books since she was in high school. When she learned she could work at NCR, she was over-the-moon ecstatic. (Which is, by the way, always a good trait to have in an intern.)
My point is that John and Sr. Joan don't represent a contrast as much as a continuum. John's message is focused on the future of the church. Sr. Joan has always been focused on the future. My hope is that NCR is also focused on the future.
Our 50th anniversary is only about 18 months away. As I contemplate what our founding editors, publishers and readers dreamed and hoped for 50 years ago, I see what parts of that dream have been fulfilled and what parts have not. I also see NCR going places and doing things our founders would never have envisioned.
Your donation today  will help secure NCR's future. Please help now.
My dream is that when that prospective intern's granddaughter is looking for a journalism job, she will be able to apply. That's possible with your help .
To help you help us, Joan and Bob McGrath have pledged a matching grant of $5,000. They will match dollar for dollar the first $5,000 that come in today. We did well yesterday; we're still on track to make our $100,000 total. But today is Wednesday, so we have just three days left in this year's Webathon. Please donate now .