Commentaries

A hard time to find workers, and parish catechists

Parishes nationwide are struggling to recruit enough teachers for PREP programs, where training, money and appreciation are often scant, writes Hosffman Ospino. Now is the time to invest amply because catechists may hold the key to keeping the faith among millions of Catholics.

Catholic parenting: A lifelong process

As the parent of a good, kind and faithful young adult son, Mike Nelson believes it's how you live your life in the context of the Catholic faith that sets the tone for how your children live theirs, well into their own adulthood.

How do we respond to the anger in our nation?

Face masks seem to have brought out the anger in many people, Effie Caldarola observes. Negativity is contagious, but so is positivity, so she resolves to be the one who observes people around her and reacts with kindness.

Becoming what we receive, for better or worse

We can respond to anger and insult with more of the same, or we can become the Eucharist we receive -- the meaning of communion -- which by the gift of grace can change us little by little for the good, writes Mary Marrocco.

California takes a club to St. Serra

Junípero Serra cannot be condemned for events that occurred centuries before his birth, or decades after his death. But he is being scapegoated by California politicians who resent the Catholic Church's teachings and other issues, writes John Garvey.

Women leading the way in charitable giving

In the majority of American households, women are the driving force behind charitable giving. Sarah Hanley describes the giving circles of the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia that can empower more women to support charities.

Building a faith foundation for Generation Z

People born after 1996 are America's loneliest group, according to studies. They've never known a time without war, and lived through two economic recessions and huge social upheavals. Writer and father Dennis Coday tries to help his young adult sons continue the journey begun at home.

Better late than never for a religious vocation

Data show the declining numbers of new priests, seminarians and religious, so Maureen Pratt shines light on efforts to encourage people in their 40s, who have been in the workforce for years, to discern a vocation to priesthood and religious life.

Running to each other in need

A mother will rush to the cries of her child without loving her other children any less. So must God our Father, writes Laura Kelly Fanucci, be pleased when we care for the suffering amongst us, with compassion.

Trapped in the self

Nothing could be more alien to our self-absorbed culture, or more desperately needed, than the concept that human flourishing comes from loving God above all and a neighbor as oneself, writes Richard Doerflinger.