Good Friday: A Call to Abolish Capital Punishment

The following is the full text of the homily that was delivered at St. Anthony Shrine and Ministry Center in Downtown Boston on Good Friday April 3, 2015. [Sung] Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Oh, OOOoohh, Sometimes it causes me to Tremble, Tremble, Tremble. Where […]

Pope Francis References Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day in Address to Congress

In what was already the most widely anticipated speech of Pope Francis’s pastoral visit to the United States this week, the Pope’s references to two American models of Christian living — the renowned author and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton and co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement Dorothy Day — have surprised many. As a Merton scholar, […]

Good Friday: A Call to Abolish Capital Punishment

The following is the full text of the homily that was delivered at St. Anthony Shrine and Ministry Center in Downtown Boston on Good Friday April 3, 2015. [Sung] Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Oh, OOOoohh, Sometimes it causes me to Tremble, Tremble, Tremble. Where […]

Time, Hospitality, and Eucharist: The Road to Emmaus

Last week’s Gospel featuring the so-called “doubting” Thomas, one of the Twelve also called Didymus, tends to draw most attention to the individual struggle of belief experienced by one disciple. Many, with good reason, take the opportunity to reflect on how they struggle with their own belief in the Risen Christ, in the Scripture, in the […]

FMS World Care Annual Benefit and Celebration

Every Spring, Franciscan Mission Service (FMS), a wonderful organization that provides training and support for lay missioners who serve from two to six years in various Franciscan placements around the world — e.g., Bolivia, South Africa, Zambia, and Kenya — hosts a fundraiser and celebration. The World Care annual benefit and celebration takes place in Washington, […]

Saint Francis, Pope Francis, and The Gospel

I think it’s fair to say that today’s off-script remarks in Cagliari, Sardinia, represents one of the most “Franciscan” actions of his pontificate so far. Reuters reports: Francis, at the start of a day-long trip to the Sardinian capital, Cagliari, put aside his prepared text at a meeting with unemployed workers, including miners in hard hats […]