All Catholic Review editorial staff members contribute to the Amen column, which covers topics ranging from weddings to Mother's Day to dealing with loss.


Thawing the new evangelization
Apr 11 2014
Father T. Austin Murphy didn’t have to do much prodding to get a group of children to tell him the story of “Frozen.”

How are you spending your 'dash'?
Mar 28 2014
At a funeral I attended last week, one of the speakers read the poem, “The Dash,” by Linda Ellis.

Happy Birthday, Maryland 380 looks good on you
Mar 14 2014
Native Marylanders don’t know how good they have it.

Reach out and touch a real someone
Feb 28 2014
There is a second set of reading glasses in my car – and other spares littering my work station, home office and easy chair.

Babe Ruth’s diamond
Feb 12 2014
One hundred years ago on St. Valentine’s Day, George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. began his meteoric rise in professional baseball when he signed a contract with the minor league Baltimore Orioles.

In Catholic schools, lessons learned beyond the classroom
Jan 31 2014
Some of the most valuable lessons I learned at St. John the Evangelist School in Hydes did not come during a 50-minute class session.

For working moms, ‘balance’ is a lie
Jan 16 2014
The afternoon I returned to work after maternity leave was a blur.

The evergreen message of Christmas
Dec 20 2013
If the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops needs stock footage of baptisms and first Communions, we have it, as my Mary just transferred to DVD some 40 hours of 8-millimeter video we taped in the 1990s, when 20 of our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were in the formative stage.

Lessons from Bill Cosby
Dec 08 2013
The contrasts between class and classlessness couldn’t have been any sharper Nov. 19.

Plenty to remember this Black Catholic History Month
Nov 12 2013
A year or so after my parents married, my mom decided to join the Catholic Church.