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 […]

CMSM and LCWR Joint Letter to Trump

On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the official organizations that represent the leadership of women and men religious—those sisters, brothers, and priests who belong to communities such as mine (the Franciscan friars as seen above)—released an open letter to the president-elect. The following is […]

Racial Justice and Economic Equality and Nonviolence

Today our nation rightfully commemorates the heroic life, work, and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For very good reasons, most people associate King with the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s in which racial justice was sought for the millions of historically disenfranchised women and men of color who had […]

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, […]