‘Let the Children Come to Me,’ Except Under Capitalism
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‘Let the Children Come to Me,’ Except Under Capitalism

As a little girl growing up in a small Catholic parish in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, my favorite part of weekly Sunday mass was being called forth with the other kids to participate in Sunday school: a special space, just for kids, in a world mostly made for adults. I remember well one of our favorite…

An Examination of Conscience: How Might We Take Capitalism Out of Being Catholic?
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An Examination of Conscience: How Might We Take Capitalism Out of Being Catholic?

When I was 10 years old and preparing for the sacrament of reconciliation at the small Catholic parish in Minnesota where I was raised, I vividly remember sitting alone in a church pew, earnestly trying to concentrate on examining my conscience. At the time, the examen was pretty straightforward. I asked myself, “Was I holding…

The Ministry of Presence is a Radical Path
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The Ministry of Presence is a Radical Path

Somehow in my years of formation as a young adult Catholic preparing to “change the world,” I missed the part about the power of presence. As a student at a Catholic university, I was skilled at social analysis, advocacy and activism rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. I was busy. In an environment bent on creating…

Adrienne Alexander: Lobbying for the Laborers
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Adrienne Alexander: Lobbying for the Laborers

Season 5, Episode 2 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh. “Little by little, you can make a difference in people’s lives.” -Adrienne Alexander LISTEN HERE: IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Adrienne Alexander about her family’s faith beginnings and how she…

We need each other, not more consumption

We need each other, not more consumption

Every year around this time, companies ramp up marketing campaigns that do their best to connect contentment with consumerism. Feeling lonely? Buy a candy cane latte. Feeling grief? Buy more holiday decorations. Feeling afraid and anxious as you watch the daily news in a world plagued by family separations, endless wars and mass shootings? Buy…