Pope Francis

Pope Francis Holds A Mass For Grandparents And The Elderly

The Beauty of Old Age

Submitted for your consideration: a lengthy essay by bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel that appeared in The Atlantic last month. The title: “Why I Hope to Die at 75”; the subtitle: “An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly.” Writing as a physician and a family man, […]


The Loss of Leisure

I was forced to get summer jobs in high school, because my father didn’t want me to become a “lady of leisure.” My family places great emphasis on hard work, self-discipline and maintaining a competitive lifestyle –with the frequent “Your Opa immigrated here from Germany, worked night shifts at a steel factory, and supported his […]


The Pope and the Mafia

I’m a convert, so naturally, I have an affinity for all the little trappings of the faith. With that, I know the journey that I went through to get here and in a way, I feel protective of my Church. I feel reverence for the Blessed Mother, for her husband Joseph, and especially for our […]


LOVED BY THE TRUTH: an interview with Rachel Benda

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Lk 12:32) When Rachel Benda founded Bethesda the House of Mercy, in July of 1990, it began as almost any good thing begins: a shot in the dark, a blind leap, a step out of the boat onto a stormy […]