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Parents beware … and be wary

Last week’s blog considered anxiety as an affliction of the young.  This week’s looks to desperation as a potential downfall for the old, at least those who are parents. Screenagers is a new documentary about growing up in the digital age.  In this film, a mom who is also a physician “probes into the vulnerable […]

Sedition in the soul

Something is terribly wrong. ANXIETY. Not just worry.  Not just concern.  But physically and/or mentally sickening anxiety. Perhaps this week of final examinations at the end of the semester exacerbates normal nervousness.  But never before have I encountered so many college students who claim to suffer from anxiety (whether clinically proven or not.) I know […]


It must be big – it has its own hashtag! The 50th World Communications Day takes place this year on Sunday, May 8th.  This is the only “world day” called for by the Second Vatican Council and is celebrated in most countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. Each year a theme is announced on the […]

Holy hype

The day has finally arrived for Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on “Love in the Family” that wraps up the Synods and world meeting that took place the past two years.  But the frenzy that accompanied its publication suggested something earth-shattering was to appear. As with other publications, the date on which this one was […]


There’s no such app – yet! – but the growing trend has taken another leap forward. Last week, Pope Francis joined Instagram.  The papal account — @Franciscus – shattered records by amassing a million followers within just twelve hours.  Add this to the 27 million followers on his Twitter accounts, and this pope is easily […]