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 […]
Staci Perry bakes like she lives. She doesn’t measure. She works with what’s already in the fridge. And she scrapes every last bit out of the bowl. “I don’t do anything fancy,” she says, sitting in the kitchen of her century-old farmhouse two miles north of Verdi, a tiny, windswept town by the Minnesota-South Dakota […]
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 […]
I’m a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a co-worker, a cantor, a child of God. But who am I really? How do I describe myself to someone I don’t know?
The church in the United States will once again observe the Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 to July 4. This two-week period is an opportunity for the whole church to pray, study, and reflect upon the great gift of religious freedom — our first, most cherished liberty. The theme of this year’s Fortnight for […]
I had the incredible privilege of experiencing a couple of “grace encounters” with God this past month. What are those, you ask? I’d define a grace encounter as sensing or feeling God’s presence in a deeper fashion than before. I read at morning Mass every third Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Church in Meire […]
On May 13 the U.S. departments of Justice and Education issued a “guidance letter on Title IX” directing every public school in the country, including most public universities and colleges, to allow transgender persons access to bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. The policy states that “when a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, […]
We hear a lot these days about angry Americans. I am not sure who they are, nor do I know all their reasons for being angry. Perhaps recent news reports offer some answers. A column by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich highlighted income disparity in the United States. The CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, […]
It had been a long Thursday, and Brooke Paris couldn’t wait to take off her heels, peel off her contacts and wipe off her make-up. She changed into her pajamas, climbed into bed and opened her MacBook to the pope’s new apostolic exhortation. “Amoris Laetitia” was released two weeks after Brooke’s high-school sweetheart, Timothy Foley, […]
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 […]
For those without kids in school, it may be difficult to see why expanding parental choice in education is a policy goal deserving of widespread public support. After all, one might ask, “How does it benefit me?” The church’s support for school choice is rooted in the rights of parents to determine the type of […]