Author: Jana Bennett

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Light One Candle of Courage

MI 5:1-4A PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19. HEB 10:5-10 LK 1:39-45 I know that on today, this fourth Sunday of Advent, we will light the fourth advent candle of love. Yet as I read today’s scriptures, what I am thinking about is how much the virtue of courage is at the center of these passages. Courage is the cardinal virtue that enables us to stand firm even in the face of difficulties. Courage enables us to resist temptation and also helps us to change the habits that we need to change so that we become better people. If we are...

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Pastoral Perspectives: Preparing for Aging Parents (and Where are the Books on This?)

Frequent guest blogger, Father Satish Joseph, offers the following thoughts about aging parents: Think about it! There are countless books on preparing people for their pregnancy, their first child, and for the perils of parenthood. Young parents devour every information they get so that they can be good parents. However, once children leave home, there is no book that prepares them to nurture their aging parents, in return. There are ample books that help children prepare their parents for aging, but there is barely any help available for children preparing themselves for aging parents. For me, it was a...

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Our Response to All God’s Vulnerable People: Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Isaiah 53:10-11 Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 Hebrews 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45 One of the common central themes in our scripture readings this week is the theme of the powerful taking on the experience and concerns of the poor, the lowly, the distressed, and the oppressed. The Old Testament and Epistle readings are usually read in light of Jesus. Jesus is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, the one who bears our guilt through his suffering [on the cross]. Jesus is also our great High Priest, the one who “sympathizes with our weakness” and who has been “tested in every way.”...

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Scenes from the Classroom: Kavanaugh, the Sex Abuse Crisis, and Holding it All Together

Yesterday, while I was in full-lectury mode on the theme “beginning of life issues” to a classroom full of pre-med, pre-nursing, dietetics, and therapy majors – a student raised her hand. I have a clarifying question to ask. I expected the question to be something about the case we’d just been examining – when and why people might opt for prenatal testing, and that this might not mean they are interested in seeking abortions. But no. Have the bishops come out with a statement on all this sex stuff happening now? You mean, the sex abuse scandals, I asked?...

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What is to be our response??

When I noted that I was assigned to write a post for this week, I was going to write a post about the top 5 things that ethics teachers ought to think about at the beginning of the year. Maybe that’ll be a post next week or next semester. But other events have come into play – namely the publication, from many media outlets, of the grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania over the 300 (300!!!) priests who have credibly abused people in the past 70 years. More than that, there is the clear indication that bishops deflected alarms about...

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