Heroes needed: Young people, it’s time to step up

The head of Montgomery County's largest food pantry, Martha's Choice Marketplace, says the need for food is skyrocketing. And the need for young, healthy volunteers is urgent. If you've been seeking a purpose, this is it.

Absence of Mass shocks us, as Lent intends

The slow drip of bad news, a radically altered way of life and suspension of public Masses feel like a punch in the gut, writes Father Eric Banecker. We're beginning to see the conversion God envisions for us.

The coronavirus crisis may be an opportunity

Our culture wasted a chance to change after the 2008 recession, writes Greg Erlandson. This pandemic is another chance. We must show gratitude for our gifts, resist fear and think about other people, not ourselves.

Our Christian calling and social distancing

The global phenomenon of imposed isolation is a reminder of the many people who experience "social distancing" as a daily, lived reality -- most often not of their choosing, writes Elise Italiano Ureneck.

Jesus favored small groups (think 50), for good reason

When Jesus fed 5,000 people, he sat them in groups of 50. It wasn't ancient "social distancing" but a strategy of discipleship especially poignant in these Lenten days of unprecedented change, writes Father Eric Banecker.

Keep reverence for Christ in Communion, in hand or tongue

Besides concerns for hygiene in the time of coronavirus, a question of how to receive the Eucharist has arisen. But it has already been settled, as Father Christopher Moriconi explains.

Five things church leaders should do about coronavirus

Matthew Manion of Villanova University's School of Business suggests ways church communities can use the current crisis as an opportunity to stay united and share the love of Christ with all.

Keep balance of health and faith in a time that tests both

Maureen Pratt, well aware that some people might not take health precautions seriously, says prudent measures including suspending Mass or modifying certain aspects of it show not a weak faith but great love and understanding.

Archbishop Gomez offers prayer to Mary ‘in time of trial’

The president of the U.S. Catholic bishops urged prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, saying "Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor."

Coronavirus church may be online, but people of God remain real

Digital devotion during a temporary health crisis can be meaningful, writes Oblate Father Thomas Dailey. Yet the church will always be called to come together in person.