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.


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.

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.