Commentaries

How a couple can help their wayward son put on the big-boy pants

Marriage Matters columnists Deacon Paul and Helen McBlaine write about a couple's son 22-year-old son, Jimmy, is showing little incentive to finish college or get a job. Calling Jimmy to a more responsible life is probably going to require a “semi-tough love” approach on the part of Louis and Stephanie, with both parents being on the same page. They need to be firm in their approach to addressing this problem.

Your opinion isn’t my fact

Over the past few weeks and months a lot has been said about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. If you've followed the news at all, you have an opinion. You know what you think happened.

Finding peace and strength when stresses pile up

I've just been through one of the most challenging periods of my life. In the span of one month, I was diagnosed with a very painful, rare and chronic form of arthritis, was injured when a car ran a red light and hit my car, my father died more than 2,000 miles away and I could not travel because of my injured arm.

A catechetical Q&A like no other

As you no doubt recall, the popular catechetical outreach program of the Roadkill Theological Roundtable -- "Ask Religious Stuff" -- has not yet secured an official imprimatur, part of the issue being the question, "Who put the imp in imprimatur?"

Injustice? Here is what injustice is

From the moment on that Sunday morning when the reaction to the verdict began to build, it was apparent this was going to grow into something beyond itself. It bothered me for a reason I could not yet discern.

Appreciating God’s botanical gardens

In viewing the exhibit, "Food for Thought," at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., I felt the need to become a botanist; a more inspiring vocation for appreciating God's blessings you could not desire!

On a pilgrimage called grief

I don't know if it's a good sign or a bad one that lately I've been telling myself what I've often said to my young grandchildren: "You have to be patient. And how do you become better at being patient? By being patient."

What does God want?

In this column I am going to try to reduce the New Testament to a few hundred words. Are you with me? Here goes.

Future of youth is ours, too

On his way to lead up to 2 million enthusiastic young people from all around the globe at World Youth Day festivities in Rio de Janeiro July 23-28, Pope Francis sounded a somber note about their future -- and everyone else's too.

Do I look fat in this?

To be sure, the modern obsession with diet has some resonance in Christian tradition. The Old Testament and the Fathers of the Church have plenty to say about eating and abstaining from certain foods. The church always has encouraged temperance and fasting (though historically more so than today). Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, require fasting during Advent and Lent. They demand abstinence not just from meat but also, on certain dates, from milk products. But there are aspects of the contemporary practice that would puzzle any serious Christian. The church disciplines and purifies the body for the sake of the spirit. Its practices are not about fitting into summer outfits, nor about being in tune with terrestrial harmonies. Today's foodies treat the body as divine and as an end in itself.