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.


Make the day count
May 17 2012
Maya Angelou has been quoted as saying, “People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”

For one mother, it was never work
May 03 2012
While the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic dominated pop culture last month, my sentiments steered toward more personal milestones.

Here comes the bride – down the 21st century aisle
Apr 19 2012
For the most part, little girls grow up dreaming about getting married.

Minnesota farm life gave Easter another perspective
Apr 05 2012
Springtime on the farm had a natural rhythm that heightened around Easter, when frozen earth was finally thawing and turning the farmyard into a muddy mess. My siblings and I spent our time searching for new litters of kittens and collecting eggs, which we had missed during winter’s dark days when hens take leave from laying.

Fight for religious freedom falls during ironic anniversary
Mar 22 2012
Speaking a year ago at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, John Garvey predicted that threats to religious liberty would become the most important issue facing the Catholic Church in the United States in the next half century.

Irish sisters left their mark in Essex and beyond
Mar 08 2012
Monsignor Albert T. Stallings was having no luck finding an order of religious sisters to staff his brand-new parish school. The founding pastor of St. Clare in Essex had contacted 85 orders of American nuns and 18 orders of Irish nuns, but they all turned him down.

Clarity in Rome confessional
Feb 23 2012
ROME – I wasn’t planning on ascending 28 marble steps on my knees, but as I watched white-haired ladies, young couples and people of all nationalities struggle to pull themselves up the ancient walkway where Jesus is believed to have tread, I felt compelled to do the same.

Life without football isn’t so bad
Feb 09 2012
It hit some of you as soon as the confetti fell on the New York Giants, who were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl XLVI.

Don’t knock the ’Net until you try it
Jan 26 2012
You believe that municipal budget problems would be solved if local governments simply enforced the existing fines for talking and texting on cell phones while driving a car.