Liturgical Ministries
The Role of the Laity in the Church
That the laity have no agency in the church is not magisterial teaching; it is not, in fact, true. Yet it is the paradigm through which we relate to each… Read More
Baptism
Hope for a Reimagined Future
One of the hardest working groups of people in the Catholic Church today are the men and women who serve as directors or coordinators of religious education. Some of my… Read More
Baptism
First Teachers
As a parent who is also a practicing Catholic, hoping to raise his child to be faithful, there were, perhaps, no more daunting words that those the priest prayed at… Read More
Reflections
Like the Early Followers, Tell the Jesus Story
In the midst of my doctoral studies, I took a course, “The Christian Tradition.” The early martyrs, whom we hear about in the daily readings after Easter,  intrigued me. In… Read More
Liturgical Ministries
Beauty and Liturgy: A Program for the New Evangelization
For many Catholics worshipping on a regular basis, the experience of liturgical beauty is noticeably absent from their lives. Churches, rather than eliciting awe and wonder from the worshipper, are… Read More
Reflections
Reflections on the Prodigal Son
At Mass on Sunday, most people heard the story of the Prodigal Son – the little brat who says, “Hey, Dad, can we pretend you’re dead so I can have… Read More
Reflections
A New Year Thought
I’m sorry…I didn’t mean it I take it back Strike it from the record What is as irreversible as murder, violates its victims more than theft, is as deadly as… Read More
Reflections
Tending the Garden
Antonio Machado was a Spanish poet who lived from 1875 to 1939. I discovered his work when a friend of mine – a retired bishop who taught me at Notre… Read More
Reflections
Hope
I have St. Paul on the brain these days. Especially the fifth line of the fifth chapter of Romans. “Hope does not disappoint.” I do not know why I started… Read More
Reflections
Amid Chaos, Hope
An anniversary passes this week that will likely be lost in the news of hurricanes and presidential tweets. With the start of school, open houses, meetings with teachers, and homework, today… Read More
Reflections
I Get Thomas
I get Thomas. I get why he needed to see the wounds. Like you, I struggle. I doubt. I wonder. I’ve put all my eggs in this basket, after all,… Read More
Reflections
The Ditch
I’ve been thinking about the Gospel reading of the Good Samaritan. It is one of my favorite parables and I used to love when it would come up in class when… Read More

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