The Virtue of Humility from Francis of Assisi

Today’s reflection is an invitation to consider the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi as it appears in Admonition V: “Let no one be proud, but Boast in the Cross of the Lord,” in which Francis—like the book of Proverbs 6:6-9—chastises human beings for their lack of faith and commitment to the Creator when compared to […]


Our Complicity with Evil and the Role of Conscience

In a recent America magazine article, the Boston College ethicist Fr. James Keenan, SJ, writes about the need for Catholics in the United States to take seriously what the Second Vatican Council teaches in Gaudium et Spes (no. 16) about the primacy and importance of the well-formed conscience in moral discernment. His recent work suggests that the […]


O King of All the Nations: Changing Expectations

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of humanity, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust. As the world witnesses elections influenced by fear—fear of the other, fear of the future, fear of change—in which civil officials who campaigned with discriminatory […]