“In my column last month, I shared some thoughts on the meaning of mercy. I’d like to continue my reflections on mercy based on the pastoral priorities Archbishop Lucas has given us, expressed in the phrase ‘One church, encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy.’
“I mentioned before that merciful love transforms those around us, humanizes them and reveals to them who they are in the eyes of the Heavenly Father” …
“Some time ago, readers may recall the listening sessions which Archbishop George J. Lucas held around the archdiocese to elicit comments about pastoral priorities for the future. The archbishop’s vision for the near future of the archdiocese is that we work together to support ‘One church, encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy.'”
“It’s the ‘living mercy’ part that I would like to focus on in the next few columns, starting first with some thoughts on mercy.” …
“As every year comes to a close, we often look back at some of those who have passed away. This year includes the loss of Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammad Ali, John McLaughlin, Leonard Cohen and, in July, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel was a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the author of ‘Night,’ an account about his holocaust, a book that almost never happened……”
“The election is upon us, and if the news reports and my own experience are accurate, the vast majority of us will be glad when it is over. I am not exaggerating when I say this has been the worst election cycle I have ever experienced, but I may surprise you when I say I think the reason is partly my fault. Before I get there, however, let me share once again the story of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter….”
Here is a piece I wrote for The Catholic Answer, the magazine for Our Sunday Visitor. Immigration is an important issue which we need to address, for the sake of the nation and for our neighbors.
“The issue of immigration reform is often personal. Immigrants’ tough choices and early struggles in an America full of opportunity are often part of our family history. Each story is a thread in the fabric of a nation that has been generous and welcoming to hardworking people from all across the world.” ….
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on a public policy issue, the use of the death penalty.
“As I wrote at the end of my previous column, this month’s is about the death penalty. A referendum will be on the ballot Nov. 8 deciding either to bring back the death penalty to Nebraska or retain last year’s repeal of the death penalty through LB 268…..”
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on some public policy issues, starting with abortion. I started it thinking I might give an involved response to some of the many fallacies I hear repeated by Catholics around this issue, but decided instead to just let others speak for me. In the column you’ll hear from Servant of God Dorothy Day, Joseph Cardinal Bernadin and Pope Francis on abortion.
“We are three months from the election and in this and my next two columns, I’d like to tackle a few specific public policy issues about which the U.S. bishops speak in “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” The first of these is the issue of abortion….”
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice beginning the conversation about whether a Catholic can vote for someone who supports an intrinsic evil.
“Last month, I wrote about how we begin to consider a candidate for whom to vote. The U.S. bishops in “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” recommend we start with the category of intrinsic evil because not every public policy issue carries the same moral importance. The question this month is: can a Catholic ever vote for a candidate who supports an intrinsic evil?“
Below is a video of my presentation at Hope College on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. Thanks to Hope College and the St. Benedict Forum for their good work and for bringing me up to Holland, Michigan for the talk.
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on how a Catholic might begin to discern how to find a good candidate for whom to vote.
“I’m continuing this month with my series on voting. Last month, I wrote about our responsibility to vote. Many have thanked me for that piece, but have asked what we’re supposed to do in the current climate when it seems increasingly difficult to find an adequate candidate. To answer that question let’s first review what the bishops say about how to judge a good candidate.“
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on what St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) said about why we ought to be voting.
“Continuing with the theme of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, I’d like to focus on the question of participation in its various forms. Recently, I was speaking with a friend who is involved with politics. We were talking about the election, and he told me one of his biggest frustrations is the low level of participation….“