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.
Patriarchs and silent pearls
Oct 18 2013
Bob Doerfler was an outdoors friend. Walking laps around an urban reservoir, he talked up his large family, his church and the Knights of Columbus.
‘Politics is one of the highest forms of charity’
Oct 14 2013
Speaking to a group of students earlier this summer, Pope Francis made some stunning assertions about the importance of Christian involvement in the public square.
Of Amos 8:4, and Haiti
Oct 01 2013
It didn’t cause the sensation of Pope Francis’ interview with La Civilta Cattolica, but last Sunday’s first reading, Amos 8:4, offered a similar clarion call: “Hear this you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land.”
Embarking on parenthood: no map, no compass, no worries
Sep 13 2013
This year, 3.9 million babies will be born in the United States. At the end of this month, mine will be among them.
Giving voice to memories of 1963 march
Aug 28 2013
As a young student, I learned about our nation’s history, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Of haberdasheries and ‘Death Dust’
Aug 16 2013
For years, a tattered and taped copy of the Aug. 30, 1902, issue of The Catholic Mirror has jockeyed for attention on my sometimes-cluttered desk at the Catholic Review.
You don’t need a passport to see Europe
Aug 01 2013
Across Europe, legions of workers have fled the city for holiday. Many are cooling off in the Alps or on a Mediterranean beach; some are adding to the traffic at Yellowstone National Park. Rome, Paris and Madrid, meanwhile, are awash with American tourists, absorbing culture and calories.
Remembering a great-grandma
Jul 19 2013
As the saying goes, “the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”