Wisdom from Blessed Óscar Romero for a Troubling Time

In recent weeks I’ve found myself engrossed with the powerful writings of the Christian martyr and prophet Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. His writings are especially poignant in the face of fearful and troubling times, not the least of which because of his own personal journey of Christian conversion that led to his speaking […]

From Bad News to the Good News of Christ

In the current issue of America magazine, a former professor of mine, Edward McCormack, of the Washington Theological Union, has an article titled: “As it is in Heaven: Can Re-imagining the Gospel revitalize the Church?” This essay focuses on several important and timely themes including the popular understanding of the Christian narrative, the responsibility and role […]

St. Bernardine of Siena: Promoter of Franciscan Theology

In his recent history of the Franciscan tradition, The Franciscan Story: St. Francis of Assisi and His Influence since the Thirteenth Century (Athena Press, 2008), the New Zealand historian Maurice Carmody offers readers yet another take on the Saint whose patronage serves Siena College, a Franciscan liberal arts college near Albany, NY, where I have taught this […]

Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable

The Good News should be precisely that; But for whom? The Gospels tell us early on that Jesus’s mission is, as the Prophet Isaiah foretold, “to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim a […]