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Pope Francis Instagram profile


All things Irish will no doubt be the photographic focus on this high holy feast day.  But another’s anniversary could also be celebrated. It’s been one year since Pope Francis’s first post on Instagram.  His simple message coincided with the devotional image that remains as his profile (above):  “Pray for me.”  His profoundly human and […]


Dust in the wind

At that risk of dating myself, I couldn’t help but to borrow the title from a popular old song.  The “moment” in the song refers to a lifetime, but it works also for this not-yet first week of Lent. The moment of Ash Wednesday is gone.  Christian foreheads are clear, and clerical thumbs have been […]


… and everything but the truth.

Well, that’s not exactly how the familiar judicial oath ends (“to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”).  But it does seem to be characteristic of too many of our interactions nowadays. The question of truth-telling certainly lies at the heart of the discord between our nation’s leaders and the media.  […]


A time and place for social media

No, this is not another plea to put away your cell phone!  It goes much farther than that, at least metaphorically speaking. Of being human, philosophers once acknowledged our existential groundedness in space and time.  While in this earthly life, we are limited by these dual realities. Even in our memories and our dreams, everything […]


A new lens for life

Instead of the proverbial “honeymoon” often accorded a prominent leader at the start of his being in the public eye, President Trump and the nation’s media seem rather to be in the eye of a tempest.  The headlines, tweets, and press conferences are already creating quite a storm. What will come of the daily diatribes […]


A hyper-connected journey

“Go from our country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”  So said the Lord in words spoken to Abraham (Genesis 12:1). And so begins Pope Francis’s letter written to young people last week to initiate preparations for the next general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, […]