You 2.0: Lenten upgrade

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Lent is a time to upgrade your internal drives.

I was doing dishes in the kitchen last week when my son Jacob came in and started unloading the dishwasher. While generally dishwasher unloading is a job that belongs to the kids, I had not yet asked anyone to empty it.

“Who are you, and what have you done with Jacob?” I said to him. Jacob smiled—he knew what I meant. While I would never describe Jacob as lazy, he usually needs to be reminded to do his jobs around the house.

“Is this a new and improved version of Jacob?” I continued. “I like it.”


You 2.0: Lenten upgrade

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Lent is a time to upgrade your internal drives.

I was doing dishes in the kitchen last week when my son Jacob came in and started unloading the dishwasher. While generally dishwasher unloading is a job that belongs to the kids, I had not yet asked anyone to empty it.

“Who are you, and what have you done with Jacob?” I said to him. Jacob smiled—he knew what I meant. While I would never describe Jacob as lazy, he usually needs to be reminded to do his jobs around the house.

“Is this a new and improved version of Jacob?” I continued. “I like it.”


Not so fast

By Joan Chittister| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Sister Joan Chittister argues that we should not be so quick to abandon the practice of going hungry during Lent and throughout the year.

IF IRELAND IS A BELLWETHER OF ANYTHING TODAY, IT is surely of the Catholic consciousness. The Angelus still plays on public TV and radio at noon and 6 p.m. everyday. "Stations"-house Masses that developed during penal times when the practice of Catholicism was forbidden by British law-are still practiced in rural areas. St. Brigid's Day is even more of a celebration in some ways than St. Patrick's Day.


Circle of friends: A closer look at the communion of saints

By Elizabeth Johnson| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Women
The communion of saints is more than Saint Francis and the rest of the canonized saints, and more than your dear old dead Aunt Haddie and all the faithful departed.

Want to know whos in that number? Start by looking in the mirror.


Even unto death: The martyrdom of Jean Donovan

By John Dear| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Jean Donovan was a modern-day martyr, losing her life while caring for the poor in the midst of El Salvador's bloody civil war. Thirty years later, her memory continues to inspire.

When I heard the news that four U.S. church women, including Jean Donovan, were raped and killed in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, I was a senior at Duke University with plans to enter the Jesuits. But I was having second thoughts. What difference could I make? How can one witness to Christ in such a harsh world? Why bother?


Even unto death: The martyrdom of Jean Donovan

By John Dear| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Jean Donovan was a modern-day martyr, losing her life while caring for the poor in the midst of El Salvador's bloody civil war. Thirty years later, her memory continues to inspire.

When I heard the news that four U.S. church women, including Jean Donovan, were raped and killed in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, I was a senior at Duke University with plans to enter the Jesuits. But I was having second thoughts. What difference could I make? How can one witness to Christ in such a harsh world? Why bother?


Day by Day: The letters and journals of Dorothy Day

By Robert Ellsberg| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice Spirituality Women
Thirty years after her death, Dorothy Day’s letters and diaries reveal an ordinary but committed woman trying to put love where there was none.

There is probably no more famous image of Dorothy Day than the iconic photo by Bob Fitch that shows her seated with a look of utter tranquility between two armed and imposing police officers. That photo was taken in 1973 when she was 75. The occasion was her final arrest while picketing with striking farmworkers in California.


Door man: St. Andre Bessette

By Father Ronald Raab, C.S.C.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
Brother Andre Bessette didn't need fancy degrees to know how to welcome the sick who came to the Holy Cross community. Now, he's the order of educators' first saint.

Come together: St. Martin de Porres

By Alejandro Garcia-Rivera| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

One day I was home, a familiar comfortable place; the next day I was a stranger in a strange land. It was Nov. 3, 1960, the date of my exile from my home in Cuba. It was also the feast day of St. Martín de Porres, a Dominican friar from Peru. St. Martín, I now believe, was assigned to be my guide in this strange land, the United States.


Come together: St. Martin de Porres

By Alejandro Garcia-Rivera| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

One day I was home, a familiar comfortable place; the next day I was a stranger in a strange land. It was Nov. 3, 1960, the date of my exile from my home in Cuba. It was also the feast day of St. Martín de Porres, a Dominican friar from Peru. St. Martín, I now believe, was assigned to be my guide in this strange land, the United States.


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