TACOMA – While the members of Joyful Sound told jokes and played folk music, residents at Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center laughed, clapped and sang along to old familiar tunes.
SEATTLE – When Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippine islands of Samar and Leyte a year ago, many Catholics in Western Washington worried about the fate of their family members.
VANCOUVER - Anais Urias brought her cell phone to a recent youth group retreat and posted lots of photos on Instagram — with the blessing of parish youth ministry leaders.
At the American bishops’ fall general meeting last year reporters pressed hard to find signs of the Francis effect. But all they need do now to observe the pope’s impact on the American hierarchy is take a look at the newly installed archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich.
Among Jesus' many teachings we find this rather harsh-sounding invitation: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)
The controversies surrounding the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family have often put me in mind of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the greatest Catholic churchman of the 19th century. Newman wrote eloquently on an extraordinary range of topics, including university education, the play between faith and reason, the nature of papal authority and the subtle manner in which we come…
Eucharistia is Greek for ‘thanksgiving’
"The Rising" by Robert Ovies. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2014). 307 pp., $19.95. "The Rising" has all the makings of a fast-paced novel that will thrill readers with its relatable characters, unique plot, spiritual message and nicely crafted ending.