When in Rome: John Paull II's legacy at the Vatican
In his 26 years as pope, John Paul II gave new shape to the papacy, Richard R. Gaillardetz reflected shortly after his death. With his beatification, it's worth looking back on his papal legacy to see whether Pope Benedict XVI has followed in John Paul II’s footsteps or found his own way.
Habemus papam. We have a pope. The election of Pope Benedict XVI marks the conclusion of one of the most significant transitional moments in Roman Catholicism, rivaled only, perhaps, by the convocation of an ecumenical council.
Civil writer: Daniel Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress
The founder of the National Black Catholic Congress inspires a modern-day Black Catholic to keep working for the church he envisions.
You 2.0: Lenten upgrade
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.”
Even unto death: The martyrdom of Jean Donovan
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
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.
Come together: St. Martin de Porres
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.
Another side of paradise: Life in Kalaupapa
In honor of Father Damien’s beatification on October 11, we revisit a story from 2000 about Molokai. The church continues to care for the settlements remaining residence today.
Is Kalaupapa the world’s most isolated spot? That’s what Hawaii’s King Kamehameha V thought in 1865, when he signed a law banishing people with advanced stages of leprosy (now called Hansen’s Disease) to the north shore of the island of Molokai.
Contagious Spirit: Father Damien
The example of Father Damien, the new Hawaiian saint, has a young man from the mainland catching on to the Aloha way of life.
Humble piety: Sister Jeanne Jugan
The road to sainthood is difficult, but newly canonized Jeanne Jugan knew that patience would bring otherworldly success.
In the last few years I have been a friend to an elderly man and helped care for a frail and aging relative who needed daily assistance and biweekly trips for renal dialysis treatment. When I took on these tasks, I thought, "Here's my chance to be a saint."
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