Commentaries

In view of a long life, the good old days look even better

Moises Sandoval looks back on more than 80 years, from growing up poor on a New Mexico farm to the present. Despite all his family's hardships, they were more secure than many families are in today's crowded cities.

Discerning the call to a religious life

The call to offering oneself to God in the priesthood or consecrated life is different for everyone and their different backgrounds, personalities and life experiences, writes Maria-Pia Negro Chin, but they all share three traits.

Farewell to press: Student newspaper folds, priest fumes

Jesuit Father William Byron is sad to discover the University of Scranton's newspaper is going digital only. This collegiate generation's writing skills are lacking, and the students' decision is no cause for excitement, he writes.

Parents wring hands as engaged son moves in with fiancée

Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain offer some points for a married couple to discuss, in a calm manner, about cohabitation and the covenant of marriage.

A road trip to the resurrection

Bethany Welch, who leads the Aquinas Center in South Philadelphia, tells the story of a mother and son from Africa -- who settled happily here then fled to Canada in fear -- in the light of sadness changed into new life at Easter.

A volunteer’s experience can inspire a new generation

If you are young, want to volunteer and share the core values of spirituality, simple living, community and justice, Jesuit Volunteer Corps might be for you, writes alumna Effie Caldarola. But JVC's funding is threatened.

An open letter to President Trump: It’s time to govern

A Catholic editorial urges President Trump: Forget about the drama, which your opponents love, and focus on the tasks at hand. So many thought you could never get elected. You proved that you could. Now, prove you can govern.

South Sudan is desperately crying out for the world’s attention

The world's newest country remains destitute, violent, barely democratic and now facing a war-induced crisis of mass starvation that could impact 5.5 million people. Pope Francis might not travel there, but the country should not be forgotten.

The age of eroding respect

Politics has always had a dark side, but it also has an awesome side, observes Father Eugene Hemrick. Is its dark side clouding out its awesomeness, thus creating repugnant politics?

Who put Christ on the cross? People did, and still do

It would be easier to see the source of human suffering as the devil with horns and a pitchfork, writes Carolyn Woo. But the source is quite ordinary: indifference, self-centeredness, self-righteousness, pride; and these are seen in the mirror.