In all the speculation leading to Pope Francis's address to the Joint Session of Congress, few expected to hear a sweeping reminder of four exceptional American visionaries -- noting less than a spiritual Mount Rushmore.
Navigating a job search is tough enough as it is. But when you're not exactly sure what kind of work you're meant to be doing, it can feel nearly impossible.
The Papal shout-out will certainly renew interest in Dorothy Day's life and legacy. By embracing Day, the Pope rankled conservatives within and outside the Catholic Church. How ironic, then, that Francis' carefully-chosen words may soon elevate the radical Day to a place among America's saints.
While the Pope's declaration is one among many positive signs, the overall tendency in environmental matters has been continuing deterioration.
The Pope has a way of offering hope to those who feel one-down by lifting them up, whereas the majority of political candidates offer fleeting excitement to the one-downers by inciting them.
While authentic spirituality integrates the various elements of ordinary human life, the spirituality of prison disintegrates the human spirit. It does so first and foremost by denying everyday experiences and common human interaction to prisoners.
f you're a public person, take some of those aha insights, well, public. Pitch them to media friends. You might just be quoted next to the Pope. Wait, did I talk about this yesterday? Hmmm. Deja vu all over again.
The same week that brought us the pope's inspiring message of hope also uncovered the worst kind of cynicism.
Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C. as a conquering hero, with jostling crowds lining the street in rapt adulation. Trumpets, pomp, elaborate ce...
Despite this well-documented need for and benefits of contraception, the Pope opposes any effort to give women the right to control their own reproductive destiny. You cannot claim an affinity for the poor while promoting the very policies that ensure the poor will remain ever so.
Today, with his address to Congress, Pope Francis gave a call to action. And I heard a specific "to do" list: End the death penalty, poverty, hunger, rampant capitalism, the exclusion of immigrants, war, the arms trade and environmental destruction.
The Pope has said, "The goal of economics and politics is to serve humanity, beginning with the poorest and most vulnerable wherever they may be." Our criminal justice system is a striking example of the reverse.
In this age, it is particularly encouraging and hope-filled that the face of global Christianity belongs to Francis -- a view shared by many.
Pope Francis and Donald Trump are savvy politicians, whose contrasting styles of rhetoric and tone have made them two of the best showmen/salesmen of the 21st Century.
With criminal justice reform a key piece of the Pope's message -- and one that goes far beyond that of the cost of incarceration -- he may be able to exploit this post-partisan moment and move some hearts, minds and ideologies toward real reform.
I'm not sure if the Pope will say anything about divestment, but in a way, it's irrelevant: his moral call to action is so clear that there is no doubt in my mind he supports the effort. His presence alone will help electrify the divestment movement here in the US.