Tagged: Suffering

Jesus Wants to Live His Life in Us

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, September 12, 2021 — The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time There is a story from a little over fifty years ago, during the US civil rights era, in which one person told another how much...

Jesus Wants to Live His Life in Us

Our Unfolding Suffering

Many Catholics today try to find solace in their suffering by imposing meaning upon their experiences. The desire to make sense of the chaos of the modern age often leads people to attempt to customize their lives and the lives...

Our Unfolding Suffering

The Pope has left Iraq. Is that it?

Pope Francis’s trip to Iraq has been one of the most energizing moments in recent Iraqi history. A moment of jubilation and hope that one analyst likened to the brief euphoria felt when Iraqi won the Asian Cup in 2007....

The Pope has left Iraq. Is that it?

Hypocrisy extinguishes the flames of God

Lent is a transition, a journey of return and repentance. But it is not the final destination. Traditionally, as the ashes are placed on our heads, we are told, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”...

Hypocrisy extinguishes the flames of God

Who Are Viganò’s Children of Light?

Judging strictly on its merits, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s open letter to President Donald Trump deserves only the response one should give to any other instance of online trolling: the silent treatment. Trolls tend to burn themselves out when they...

Who Are Viganò’s Children of Light?

This Is the New Normal

Six months ago, my unborn son died. He was 22 weeks old. My wife and I are still grieving him and, if we are honest, we will grieve him for the rest of our lives. I don’t mean, of course,...

This Is the New Normal

Talking to your kids about coronavirus and suffering

Many parents are wondering right now: how do I talk to my child about a global pandemic? We parents are still trying to wrap our minds around this situation ourselves. We may be trying to balance working from home, attempting...

Talking to your kids about coronavirus and suffering

Grief and Hope: A Pro-Life Message

My son was due to be born this week. For a few months now, I’ve been driving by the cemetery where we buried him, occasionally visiting him, each time a reminder of that life that was and could have been....

Grief and Hope: A Pro-Life Message