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.


Mercy, mercy me
Jul 04 2014
The bedraggled guy walks the center of MLK Boulevard, approaching my car. “Anything helps,” his sign says.

Dying doing what you love
Jun 17 2014
Whenever my cousin, Bob Matysek, slogged onto a beach on Kent Island after completing the grueling 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, family snapshots inevitably captured the same image.

Seven fans, seven opinions on soccer’s World Cup
Jun 06 2014
It is buoyed by beauty, passion, tradition and hundreds of millions of followers whose devotion supersedes that of others.

St. Chesterton: Patron of paradox, college parties and being right
May 23 2014
When I was a junior in college, friends and I would throw parties that went late into the night.

Streets of Rome filled with more than rubble
May 09 2014
Father Rob – aka Monsignor Robert J. Jaskot – paused under a San Damiano Cross in a chapel at St. Clare Basilica, less than a mile from where the original inspired St. Francis of Assisi eight-plus centuries ago.

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.