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The Word Is Life

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA: A SAINT FOR OUR TROUBLED TIME

If there was a saint for our current moment in history, St. Catherine of Siena should be the one. Consider the context she lived in. It was late medieval Europe, during the years of the bubonic plague. Close to a third of the population of Europe died. In 1348, the year after St. Catherine’s birth,…

VOCATION: WHERE GREAT JOY MEETS GREAT NEED

Sr. Mary Hennessey was the coordinator of Field Placements at Harvard Divinity School when my husband and I were studying there. She was well known for saying, “A hobby is something you love to do but the world does not particularly need. A job is something the world needs but which you have no particular…

ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA

“If I only knew then what I know now.” This is what I said to Emund Matatawabin, former Cree Chief at Fort Albany, author and winner of the Order of Canada. He responded that he thought this would make a good title for a song. I had contacted him through Facebook messenger because I could…

FOR ALL WHO SUFFER

Good Friday represents the groaning of the planet in agony. It is suffering writ large, manifested most vividly in the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Before we can joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of Easter, we must relive with Jesus his own unique suffering, through the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, to his trial…

Holy Thursday: Washing Feet

There’s such a sense of anticipation on Holy Thursday, I find. It is the start of the Triduum, the three days that form a single celebration marking the end of Lent: from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday to Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. During this intense and sacred time, we journey…