VOICES

How to preach like the apostles

I have always loved the Acts of the Apostles and have often recommended it to those who are approaching the Bible for the first time. Filled with colorful narratives, adventure, martyrdom, persecution, journeys by sea, etc., it makes for stimulating reading indeed.

Pride, humility and social media

On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the Los Angeles area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback pocket and commenced to leaf through it. I came across an article by a woman named Sarah Menkedick entitled “Unfiltered: How Motherhood Interrupted My Relationship with Social Media.” The piece was not only wittily and engagingly written; it also spoke to some pretty profound truths about our cultural situation today and the generation that has come of age under the influence of the internet. 

A new liturgical translation?

The immortal Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” That was my first reaction to the news that a new Vatican commission had been established some time back to consider — again — the question of liturgical translations.

An honest picture of a very human saint

Dorothy Day is alleged to have said, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.” A new biography on her by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, “Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother,” will, I believe, go a long way in preventing anyone from turning Dorothy Day, likely to be officially canonized by the church, into what she feared, a plaster saint who can be piously doted upon and then not taken seriously.

The rights and privileges of ‘graduation’

Dear class of 2017,

Through the years, I have been to many baccalaureate ceremonies and graduations. I have handed out many diplomas, and as I did so I was reminded of the diplomas I received at various levels of my education. My seminary diploma is in Latin, but it says basically the same thing as my college diploma, which reads something like this: