More Love is the Heart of Christmas

Near the end of the beloved Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, the cold heart of Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed and he exclaims, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

“Do You Allow Yourself to Dream…?”

It was a crowded Irish pub in the middle of Rome, Italy. I was studying abroad for the semester with some of my closest friends and I remember talking (more like venting and complaining) to my friend about life, my future, and how I was so anxious and stressed out about life after college.

The Real Presence

When I was a graduate student in Belgium, I was privileged one day to sit in on a conference given by Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels. He was commenting on the Eucharist and our lack of understanding of it full richness when he highlighted this contrast...

Advent, the penitential season of anticipation

While repentance is a constant theme of the Christian life, the Catholic Church gives the faithful two extended seasons of the liturgical year for the specific purpose of examining our lives and changing our ways. Lent may be better-known, but Advent is also a time for sacrifice and humility.

Make room in your pew

A letter to the editor in another diocesan newspaper caught my attention last week. It was on a topic I muse about nearly every weekend at Mass: people in the pews. More specifically, people sitting at the ends of the pews.