Commentary

By: Tony Magliano
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

What a wonderful sight to behold: From Capitol Hill as far as I could see, there was a sea of people on the march for life!

 

But the recent 45th March for Life was bittersweet. 

 

It was inspiring to see so many people, from so many states, marching on behalf of our unborn brothers’ and sisters’ right to be born. But it was sad to think that we have been marching for 45 years – with no end in sight.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

Paperwork. Most of us dislike it. This time of year, many of us are forced to collect, compile and prepare paperwork for filing our taxes. I dread this and typically procrastinate. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

Pope Francis has an amazing rapport with the media, whose representatives respond positively to his warmth and informal style. As a result, the Holy Father appears regularly—almost daily—in news reports. The “Francis effect” has, for the most part, been very beneficial to the Catholic Church throughout the world. 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

Imagine yourself in a dire situation. You must leave your home because you have been afflicted by life-threatening violence or a natural disaster. Aware of your plight, I invite you to stay with me. I do so with the understanding that you are expected to stay with me only temporarily, until you can return to your home.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

Two weeks ago, I reflected in these pages on 2018, at the end of which (December 14) I hope to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my reception into the Catholic Church. It hardly seems possible that half a century has passed so quickly.

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9801-1/4/18

At the end of this new year, on December 14, 2018, I will have been a Catholic for 50 years. I still marvel at what transpired in that watershed year of 1968, when the world seemed to change as much as I did.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9801-1/4/18

I once sang this Joni Mitchell song to my children at bedtime. I sing it now to my grandchildren who know it well because their mom also sings it to them. Their bedtime song about time has become in my life what its title describes, a circle game. The circle has extended to my daughter’s family and looped back from her own childhood to encircle the lives of her own children. 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9726-12/21/17

 “Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9726-12/21/17

The season of Advent is a time of preparing for Christ’s coming. But which coming—which Advent—do we mean? In a few days, at Christmas, we will remember Christ’s First Coming, in the humility of a stable, when he came to gather the nations into the peace of God’s Kingdom. But we will also anticipate his coming again in glory to bring salvation to his people at the end of time. As we recall his First Coming and look forward to his Second Coming, we discover that he comes to us even now in word and sacrament, to strengthen us in holiness. As one of the Magi says in W. H.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

When I was 16 years old, my mother took me to a small-town police station to get my driver’s license. The year was 1971. Like most 16 year olds, I was nervous and excited. I had long anticipated the freedom and sense of adulthood that accompany a driver’s license. 

 

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