On August 10, I attended a gathering for friends of Saint Meinrad Seminary, and one of our seminarians who was ordained a deacon last spring – David Farrell – spoke to those in attendance about his journey to becoming a theologian. I was very impressed with what he had to say and am sharing his presentation with you:
Good evening, like Moses and Elijah and Jesus on Mount Tabor, it is good to be here with you. It is good to […]
Last evening, I viewed the 60-minute documentary made in 2015 on the life of Flannery O’Connor entitled, Uncommon Grace. I admit to being a big fan of Flannery. Those who know her southern gothic way of writing a short story understand the attraction of her vivid descriptions, her way of conveying humor that makes one laugh out loud, and her uncanny knack for surprise endings. All these qualities come through the documentary in a clear, compelling, and interesting way. I […]
I am deeply disturbed by the evil of racism that was again manifested in the tragic events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. I join with my brother bishops and political and religious leaders across our nation in condemning the actions of white supremacy groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazi Party that are motivated by hate and seek to foment violence. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their […]
It is with great delight and gratitude that I receive the news that a son of the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson, has been appointed Archbishop of Indianapolis by Pope Francis.
Archbishop-designate Thompson has served with great distinction as a very caring, pastoral, and humble servant of Jesus Christ for the past six years as Bishop of Evansville, Indiana. He is a hard worker and a person who […]
Last Sunday, we heard the wonderful Gospel recounting the encounter of some disciples with the Risen Jesus on the Road to Emmaus. Below is a reflection I wrote for Give us This Day on this Gospel:
Wouldn’t you love to take a walk with Jesus? In our culture, walking has become a great pastime, providing a wonderful time to talk and share. Whether fast-paced or slow and deliberate, walks with another can provide learning, friendship, intimacy, and a renewed spirit.
A little smudge of dirt on the forehead has great attraction in our age! Almost magnetically people come to church on Ash Wednesday. Rivaling November’s Thanksgiving as a feast written in our DNA, this simple ritual calls us from offices, schools, and homes. Somehow that public, smudged sign of the cross on the forehead touches the soul and penetrates the heart, providing something that “connects” with the real lives of folks. Each year, I watch as people flock to the […]
By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses, does not equate support for her "position," the Vatican spokesman said after discussing the issue personally with the pope.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, issued a statement Oct. 2 saying the pope had met with "several dozen persons who had been invited by the nunciature to greet him" in Washington and that "such brief greetings occur [...]