Category: Reflections

Two Poems by Salvador Espriu / Translated from the Catalan by Andrew Kaufman and Antonio Cortijo Ocana

Selections from a visionary Catalan poet whose work has rarely appeared in English.
November 19, 2021/by tac

Labels by Anne Kerrigan

Fighting prejudice and polarization in our society means leading by an example of love.
November 17, 2021/by tac

Unconditional Affection by Mary Margaret Schroeder

Spiritual lessons from life as a nanny.
November 15, 2021/by tac

Synodality’s Emotional Quotient Defies a Soundproof Heart by Fran Salone-Pelletier

Evolving views of synodality, from Vatican II through the present-day church.
November 1, 2021/by tac

Radical Compassion by Amy Nicholson

Revisiting the story of two humanitarian aid workers in the wake of the devastating tragedy of Afghanistan.
October 28, 2021/by tac

Like a Strong Wind: Memories of Henri Nouwen by Michael Harank

A reminiscence of a friendship with the spiritual writer, teacher, priest, and wounded healer.
October 22, 2021/by tac

Difficult Conversations by John Marshall Lee

Acknowledging, assessing, and atoning for the sins of our nation's racist history.
October 18, 2021/by tac

A Poem by Gerard Garrigan, OSB

"She laid the foundation, laid it down / Sprightly, lively ragtime, old-time sound . . ."
October 10, 2021/by tac

When Will Us and Them Become We?: A Reflection on Luke 12:49-56 by Fran Salone-Pelletier

The fire of divinity must be kindled. We cannot survive as a people if we settle for the embers and ashes of passivity and superficiality.
September 30, 2021/by tac

To Believe, Teach, and Practice: Forty Years a Priest, and Counting! by Fr. John T. Maher, CM

Reflections from a Vincentian priest celebrating forty years of active ministry.
September 27, 2021/by tac

“Those People”: What Is Our Responsibility to Our Unhoused, Addicted, or Mentally Ill Neighbor? by Cameron Bellm

We can avert our eyes, yes, but we cannot disavow that we belong to one other, that we have responsibilities to one another.
September 14, 2021/by tac

Two Poems by Marjorie Power

"A pen in his pocket and nothing to write on. / He uses the skin on one arm. . . ."
September 3, 2021/by tac

The Case for Palliative Care by Anne Kerrigan

An appeal to a form of end-of-life care that provides emotional and spiritual support.
August 17, 2021/by tac

Remorse: A Story by Catherine Chandler

"When I had almost given up hope of executing my plan, I discovered a Saint Joseph's Daily Missal lying in the last pew on the far side of the church between the 8th and 9th Stations of the Cross. . . ."
August 13, 2021/by tac

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