The Beautiful Shepherd

Pope Francis just opened up a new path for canonizing saints in the church, where someone is recognized for embracing death and a dead end in life for the sake of the good of others. It gets to the very core of the Christian life: being like Jesus. Some years ago I was a religious…

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Pruning

Back in 1870, the Italian states decided they wanted to form a single country, and that included the Papal States, which took up a big chunk of the middle of present Italy. The Papal States were governed politically by the Pope since the 8th century, meaning for 1100 years the Pope was the political leader…

The Time Is Now

At one point in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is eating with a bunch of tax collectors. The religious people can’t understand it at all, because these were, well, tax collectors. The tax collector was pretty much the most despised person in all of Israel. This was because they were mostly Jewish people contracted by the Roman…

Trust Him And Dig

I once went to a youth group meeting in a parish, to get to know the youth and share in some of the activities. When I arrived, we broke into groups and each group got some printout sheets about a particular saint. We were also given a poster board and some markers to make some…

Look Up

The other day I was waiting for a train at one of the subway stations in Boston. It was very hot, and there were a lot of people standing around. In the midst of everyone, about 10 feet away from me was an older woman. She was dressed harriedly, with long, grey hair. Her neck…