Pope Francis Names Cardinals on the Margins

The Pope named 15 new Cardinals today most from countries that have not had representation recently. No Americans as Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia would be options for red hats but there’s usually a wait for the former Cardinals of those Archdioceses to pass the voting age of 80. The Pope is preferring Bishops from […]

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A Final Boo-Ya!

Stuart Scott, the renowned ESPN anchor who was a pioneer in many ways in sports, died today from Cancer at the much too young age of 49. He lived, likely unaware that I admired him for a living out a great and important piece of Ignatian Spirituality: he was himself. Stu was who God had […]

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Of Gifts and Stars

This Epiphany we hear of the Three Kings, astrologers most likely, who come bearing gifts after following a star and finding the Christ-child. While not Jewish the notion of the specialness of visitors who come not empty handing must truly have been a Mitzvot for Mary and Joseph, two poor people with a newborn son […]

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Leading by Fear

Donald Trump, among other candidates, has taken to a political style that I call “Leading by Fear.” He points out troublesome things going on in the world and then expect a fearful reaction and falls into a hasty despair. Too often, I fear we all default to this mode in our own everyday affairs. Ignatius […]

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Putting Skin on the Ideas of Jesus

Sometime ago I was single and out with friends. Two young women came over to “chat up” my friend Dan and I. I was wearing a Fordham sweatshirt and was a recent graduate. The two women in question were at Fordham for graduate school and we began a nice conversation. Then Sean came over. Our […]

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#Whynot?

My dear friend Fran blogged today about New Year’s Resolutions and reminded us to not merely make resolutions, but to ask why we don’t make resolutions? For example, “Why don’t I work out 6 days a week?” If I really want to lose weight, I need to watch my diet. So why don’t I do […]

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Presente!

This weekend marks the 25th Anniversary of the Jesuit Salvadoran Martyrs. For those unaware, at the University of Central America, 6 Jesuits, their housekeeper and their daughter were brutally killed by ARENA, a government-run death squad in 1989 in El Salvador. The Jesuits, most notably Ignacio Ellacuria, were speaking out on government reforms for the […]

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