This year especially, before we unthinkingly put on our green shirts for the Irish March 17 or our red sweaters for the Italians March 19 or 20, we should pause to remember the past and the lessons it teaches us.
Quality of life is not defined in isolation solely by symptoms and pain scales; it is determined in no small measure by the kindness and mercy of those around the person in need. These often emerge at the end of life’s story in ways we never knew before.
The following was first published in the Dec. 2 issue of The Record, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky. It was written by Marnie McAllister, editor. Dachau, one of the Nazis’ notorious concentration camps, sits in the Bavarian countryside beside the town of Dachau. Less than an hour by car from Munich, Dachau’s […]
This year, Thanksgiving week starts right after the formal conclusion of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. How do we incorporate what we have gained from the prayers, talks, readings and reflections that most of us took part in during the year to shape the way we think about and celebrate Thanksgiving?
Last month, Pope Francis called on Catholics to consider a new work of mercy: ‘care for our common home’.
When the Vatican released in 2015 the pope’s encyclical on the environment, the now famous “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” I set out to find a way to heed its call.
The following commentary first appeared in the May 18 edition of The Compass, newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Summertime is for weddings. So much goes into preparing for a wedding, and one of the biggest expenses is the engagement ring. And most engagement rings contain diamonds. How many brides-to-be know where their […]
Each month, The Visitor invites guest writers to spotlight one of the ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. If you have been on a long hike, you know it is a very involved and challenging endeavor. There are provisions, equipment and proper clothing to buy and pack. Also, you usually have to plan your […]
Printed on a plain card with no attribution of authorship is an “Alzheimer’s Poem” that a friend of mine sent me the other day. My friend’s memory is fine. So is mine. But his wife’s is not. She has Alzheimer’s disease and he cares for her, gently and without complaint. He reads this poem for […]
CEM has supported schools by informing and advising them on a range of topics related to their effectiveness, growth and development Each month, The Visitor is inviting guest writers to spotlight one of the ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. This is the second in a series. As a student at St. Augustine […]