Love, and Hate, of Work

I was fortunate to have had a career I loved. The pay was not great and the hours were unpredictable. But often during my 25 years as a reporter/editor, I ...

The Wolf of Gubbio

According to legend, around the year 1220 when St. Francis of Assisi was living in Gubbio, Italy, a fierce wolf began attacking livestock. And then it began attacking humans. It ...

Can Non-Believers Be “Saved?”

I recently came across a moving story about a boy who was among children chosen to ask Pope Francis a question during the pope’s visit to a poor neighborhood on ...

How Faith is Like Music

No matter your age, if you’re Latino/a, or like me, personally involved in the life of a Latina, you’re probably a fan of Celia Cruz, the Cuban-American diva who died ...

Religion: Comforting but Never Challenging?

Karl Marx, the German philosopher who wrote the Communist Manifesto, is quoted as saying that “religion is the opium of the masses.” It’s a quote widely shared, especially by people ...

Hard Times for the Irish Church

My wife, Amparo, and I went to church last Sunday in a tiny village in County Clare, Ireland. As we drove into the village, called Mullagh, for the 11 a.m. ...