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The Heart of the Gospel is Relationship

The heart of Gospel life is relationship. Therefore, the centerpiece of Franciscan life is relationship. One reason that I believe the Franciscan tradition has lasted so long as a source of spiritual inspiration is the universal appeal it affords people. The gospel message of relationally, modeled after God’s own example through the Incarnation, is embodied in […]


Racial Justice and Economic Equality and Nonviolence

Today our nation rightfully commemorates the heroic life, work, and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For very good reasons, most people associate King with the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s in which racial justice was sought for the millions of historically disenfranchised women and men of color who had […]


The New ‘America’ Magazine: A Columnist’s Retrospective

For the last four years, I’ve had the great honor and privilege of being serving as a columnist for America Magazine, the renowned Jesuit weekly publication. I was humbled to receive the invitation from the editors in January 2013 and it has been a great joy to contribute to such an outstanding publication that is committed to […]


Pope Francis, Young People, and the 2018 Synod of Bishops

The 2018 Synod of Bishops is set to be focused on the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” In advance of releasing the preparatory documents for the synod, Pope Francis wrote a letter to young people that was released earlier today.  Pope Francis draws on scripture to encourage young women and men to […]


Pope Francis Continues Advocating for Peacemaking

Today, Pope Francis met with the diplomatic corps of the Holy See and took the opportunity to dedicate his remarks to the theme of “security and peace,” as he described it. He explained, “In today’s climate of general apprehension for the present, and uncertainty and anxious concern for the future, I feel it is important […]


Inviting Others to ‘Come and See’

Today’s Gospel (John 1:43-51) is an interesting illustration of what it means to be an evangelist. It contains the calling of Philip, which is curious from the beginning because of the way John’s account casually describes Jesus’s encounter with the would-be apostle: “Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to […]