Commentaries

Go take a walk to holy place, even in your own backyard

Sister Ann Heath loves to walk. She suggests that walking with God in a pilgrimage of grace this Lent can be as simple as slowing our pace, focusing on the holy and visiting a few local shrines.

Profiting from our faults this Lent

The 40-day path to Easter shouldn't lead us to despair over our shortcomings, writes Oblate Father Thomas Dailey. Determination to continually seek God's grace, rather than trying to perfect ourselves, leads to true holiness.

Heart work for Lent

The season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving takes on new meaning in today's toxic public square, writes Carolyn Woo. By humbling ourselves before God, we can grow in compassion and service.

Making your bed is the most important job of the day

Father Eugene Hemrick sees the value in starting the day with an energizing task which creates a vitalizing order, followed by other tasks which lead to other such order. It's a good cure for restlessness.

Cutting back on digital devices leads to ‘deep work’

Beyond a day-long fast from social media, Brett Robinson recommends a minimalist "philosophy of media" rooted in our faith. He makes the Catholic case for rethinking our relationship to technology.

Funny thing about comedians is their serious role in society

A good stand-up routine is like doing a guided examination of conscience, writes Elise Italiano Ureneck. We laugh at an honest look at cultural tides because we’re uncomfortable, but also out of relief.

A dream for Catholic renewal

A vibrant future is possible for U.S. Catholicism, marked by an embrace of our brother and sister Hispanic Catholics, writes Hosffman Ospino. A church beleagurered by mistakes must embrace cultural diversity.

Congress, infanticide and logic’s end

Richard Doerflinger traces the shifting history of how lawmakers and courts view the youngest human beings. If one accepts abortion at any stage, one must logically accept infanticide, or ending life at any age.

Jim Crow and the Klansman make for a bad photo

A Virginia governor's yearbook picture recently recalled the ugly history of racism in our nation, writes John Garvey. The image reminds us of the moral gravity of this sin, which denies the humanity of God's children.

Don’t expect ‘one size fits all’ reforms from abuse summit

As Catholic leaders from every country gather in Rome to discuss clerical sexual misconduct, local remedies will vary widely in effectiveness. But George Weigel thinks the world can learn much from the American experience.