A troubled conscience

On June 20, Pope Francis visited the gravesites of two Italian priests who were well-known for the ministry among the poor and their opposition to war. These men were prophets. When I think of someone like them, closer to home, it’s Joshua Casteel. Joshua grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, enlisted in the United StatesContinue reading “A troubled conscience”

Good Friday: The crosses we create

Today, this high holy day, at liturgies worldwide, we will know no sacrifice at the banquet table. Communion will be different, stirring up spiritual hungers to remind us of the pain of our loss, the awfulness of the absence of Christ. On this solemn day, an unusual ritual will file us forward; all of us areContinue reading “Good Friday: The crosses we create”

Beyond bombing: Better options for transformation

The president’s speech made me feel awful last night. Of course, all the news about the terror that ISIS is causing in Iraq and surrounding areas is making me feel very awful too. Still, my gut told me the solutions proposed were not right. Similarly, no justification for the U.S. military’s current air strikes have madeContinue reading “Beyond bombing: Better options for transformation”