God’s Image or ours? God’s Laws or Ours?

It is tempting to present our own views, or even those collective views held by an entire society, as those ordained by God. It can be difficult to discern the difference between what is God’s intention for human flourishing and what is our normative presumptions formed by human culture. This is the case in today’s […]

US Franciscans Speak Out Against Immigration Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2017 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25.35) The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide ranging group of citizens across the United States. As Franciscans, we are morally outraged by […]

Christians Must Stand with Refugees and Migrants

From a candidate who campaigned on wanting to make “America great again,” we’ve seen little in the first two weeks of his administration to suggest anything other than what many suspected in President Trump’s election slogan: a not-so-subtle nod to an era in which things were hardly ‘great’ for anyone other than a propertied, white, straight, male, […]

The Bonds of Discipleship

You’ve heard the expression, “blood is thicker than water,” to refer to the importance of family relationships when compared to others such as friendships or work relationships. And yet, in today’s Gospel, Jesus upends that standard presumption. According to God’s vision for humanity, the strongest bonds are formed not by kinship of birth or association, […]

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 […]

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 […]