Father Andrew Greeley, priest

By Father Robert Barron

I first met Father Andrew Greeley on a cold January day in Chicago in 1988. We were brought together by a mutual friend, Msgr. Bill Quinn, who had been a mentor to Greeley many years before and who had begun to play the same role in my life. Andy walked into the restaurant wearing a beautiful parka with a great hood and carrying loads of his books, which he offered to me and Bill as gifts.

Starry night: the power of prayer, wherever you are

By Christina Capecchi

A woman’s mind is like a teleprompter of to-dos that never stops turning.  Unanswered email, unwritten thank-yous, unfolded laundry. Tupperware that needs to be washed and returned. Overdue RSVPs and expired milk. Empty gas tank, full memory card. Birthdays and deadlines, the personal and the professional knotted together beyond the point of repair.

The adventure of classical morality

By Father Robert Barron

One of the most significant fault lines in Western culture opened up in the 16th and 17th centuries, when what we now know as the “modern” world separated itself from the classical and medieval world.

Gay marriage and the breakdown of moral argument

By Father Robert Barron

In his classic text “After Virtue,” the philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre lamented, not so much the immorality that runs rampant in our contemporary society, but something more fundamental and in the long run more dangerous: namely, that we are no longer even capable of having a real argument about moral matters.

‘We are truly blessed’

By Msgr. Robert Weiss

Dear brothers and sisters,

On behalf of our community and parish, we extend our gratitude to each of you who remembered us in prayer following the events of Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Online registry reveals roots of faith

By Christina Capecchi

Last night, while many of my peers tuned into the finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” a three-hour event dubbed “historic” by the show’s ratings-minded host, I delved into some real history. I joined more than 2 million people and subscribed to the genealogy website

The guardian of Jesus a guardian for all

By Jennifer Sokol

I never felt drawn to God the Father, because I had such a wonderful father of my own. Dad was tall and handsome, a masterful musician and a loving husband and father.

Like every father, he had many trials, but he clung to his Catholic faith and maintained a positive outlook. He accepted his imperfections with humor, and often sighed as he prayed, “God, give me patience.”

Want vocations? Create burning hearts of love

By Father Eugene Hemrick

"You can't recruit vocations to the religious life unless you have burning love in your heart."

These words by keynote speaker Bishop Sam G. Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La., kicked off the 25th J.S. Paluch Annual Vocation Seminar in Rosemont, Ill., last fall.