A Nobel Peace Prize Won Last Term, A Hope That It Can Be Earned This Term

This morning I celebrated mass for the religious community in which I live. I am on the schedule as the presider every wednesday, but this particular wednesday brought me back to another early morning liturgy four years ago. While living in Washington, DC, during my Franciscan formation and theology and ministry studies, I happened — […]

Inspiration Amid Controversy: Van Jones at Siena College

I was surprised to find a pack of about fifteen-to-twenty people standing across the street outside of my Friary window last evening. These folks had gathered across the Siena College campus to protest the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr., annual speaker: Van Jones. Mr. Jones, a former Obama Administration White-House Staffer, was one of the […]

Obama and Romero: Planting Seeds of Hope or Raising the Veil of Injustice?

I seriously doubt that Archbishop Oscar Romero could have imagined that a sitting President of the United States of America would have ever visited his tomb when, shortly before he was assasinated, he declared in perhaps his most famous homily: “If they kill me, I will rise up in the Salvadoran People.” That his legacy, […]