Commentaries

From the Vine: New growth in Catholic media, thanks to you

Ten years after it began, CatholicPhilly.com keeps growing, reports editor Matthew Gambino. It's nourished by today's readers and the legacy of the former Catholic Standard and Times.

Learn the whole story, good and bad, of race in America

Two historical events -- Juneteenth and the Tulsa massacre -- were unknown to Greg Erlandson growing up. But those stories and new ones of bravery, of wrongs overcome and success achieved, make us wiser for knowing and sharing them.

Going buggy with Brood X cicadas

Though one can appreciate the splendor of all of God's creatures, writer Greg Erlandson has seen and heard quite enough of the loud, mobile bugs in their billions. He looks forward to their 17-year slumber, not a moment too soon.

Gazing on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we learn in his ‘school of love’

When we contemplate the image of Jesus, he looks back at us, drawing us into a personal encounter with him, writes Father Thomas Dailey. Jesus wants only for us to know how much we are loved and for us to return love by how we treat one another.

Seven surprising places to find God this summer

Between registering kids for sports and mapping family road trips, Laura Kelly Fanucci has thought of ways to find God in this new season, and offers a passage from Scripture for each.

Meaning matters: What’s your worldview?

Father Eugene Hemrick is thinking about the sense of coherence and unity that a Christian worldview brings, and what results when one has a lack of meaning and consequently hope.

In fight against COVID, signs of respect for life emerge

Richard Doerflinger points to pro-life Americans, including Catholic leaders, who urged the government and drug companies to develop two major COVID-19 vaccines without relying on fetal cell lines.

Archbishop Carroll H.S. alumni rallies support for Catholic education

Cathy Peacock joined 130 fellow graduates of the archdiocesan high school in Radnor for an evening to recognize longtime teachers and to encourage faith, friendship and generosity.

The power of words, when necessary

A nightly review can help us recall when we failed to listen and how we used words well or carelessly, writes Effie Caldarola. We can learn from the risen Jesus, who used words with great sensitivity.

As sacraments, marriage and priesthood make a perfect couple

Father Eric Banecker is celebrating more weddings these days, and he is thinking about the two "sacraments of vocation." Priests and married couples need the support of one another.