Ash Wednesday — a kick-start to holiness

When I was in college there was a group of students who didn’t always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around all decided to band together in giving up a few particular sins common among college students.

Especially for Americans with free access, Bible should remain atop reading list

A 40-foot balloon floats high over a rural area in Communist North Korea. When it lands, the precious cargo is discreetly received and distributed by those willing to risk imprisonment or death in defiance of the regime.

State of the Campaign for February 2019

As the Diocese of Phoenix kicks off this year’s Charity and Development Appeal (CDA), I am once again amazed by our community.

Path of conversion leads to canonization for Blessed John Henry Newman

On Feb. 13, Pope Francis approved the canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman, a 19th-century Catholic convert from Anglicanism, whose theological insights on matters such as the development of doctrine and the role of the laity in the Church stand behind many of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.

What went wrong in priestly formation?

For centuries, the Church has been referred to as the “Barque of St. Peter” passing over the waters toward her heavenly destiny. It was in Peter’s boat that Jesus sat as He taught the crowds (Cf. Lk 5).

There’s plenty in a name, especially the One that is above every name

I can still hear her voice, all these years later: A coworker at the local newspaper where I was working was angry — very angry — and launched into an explosive tirade with one word.

Catholic Schools Week invites us to recognize the gift of Catholic education

Catholic schools also contribute to the common good, providing graduates with a respect for their patriotic responsibilities and giving them the tools necessary to lead successful, rewarding lives as contributing members of society.

No Catholic MLKs?

There is an enduring myth that African-American Catholics were largely absent from the freedom struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, which resulted in the legal demise of Jim Crow segregation.

Holy, Yet Needing Purification

This month, I begin a new series that addresses the scandals of the Church that came to light across our nation this past summer.

Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life

I once heard someone argue that Jesus’ family from Nazareth must have been prosperous and wealthy.