Churches Awaiting the Joy After Lockdown: Many Happy Returns

As more Catholics resume physical attendance at Mass in areas where governors and bishops have issued policies easing COVID-19 lockdown rules, pastors and parish ministers around the country will carry many concerns with them when they open their church’s doors. Their rigorous attention to practices and protocols, focused on keeping worshipers healthy, will be rightContinue reading “Churches Awaiting the Joy After Lockdown: Many Happy Returns”

On Peaceful Communication

By this point, Catholics listening to Pope Francis’ ongoing messages to the world can feel comfortable that renewing social communication in all its forms, but especially in the digital realm, is one of his priorities. This applies to the Church and the secular sphere, to faith-embracing people and “nons” alike. He spoke about it inContinue reading “On Peaceful Communication”

Let’s Talk About Communicating Better

Like the weather, we gripe about it, but we don’t know how to control it. We can’t agree on solutions to pursue together or even reach clarity on what problems are ripe for real discussion. You might say the mix of challenges constitutes a “perfect storm” summoning us to the need to reconstruct our societalContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Communicating Better”

Pope Francis: When Distanced, Draw Near

By Bill Schmitt, OFS (from OnWord.net | March 19) Pope Francis has spoken out about our need to draw near to one another. He has done so from Rome, in the heart of a nation well-known for its current reliance on “social distancing”–the medically necessary phenomenon that tames contagions but challenges us in body, mind,Continue reading “Pope Francis: When Distanced, Draw Near”