Pope: Limitless Freedom is Selfish, Empty

Pope: Limitless Freedom is Selfish, Empty

Freedom without limits, focused solely on what an individual wants to do, is selfishness and leads to emptiness, Pope Francis emphasized in his general audience message delivered Oct. 20. Citing statements made by Paul in letters to the Galatian and the Corinthian...
Me Time: Why Society’s Addicted to Narcissism

Me Time: Why Society’s Addicted to Narcissism

What should I make of the following observations? For 11 years, I’ve enjoyed an assigned parking place at work. Apparently, my organization prefers that its executives don’t wander the garage in search of their cars. The space next to mine is an unassigned, reserved...
Good or Bad Applies More to People Than Professions

Good or Bad Applies More to People Than Professions

By the nature of the work, some occupations have a continuous, negative impact on society. Think of the unscrupulous payday lenders who exploit vulnerable working people with abusive interest rates, which the Bible soundly condemns, or manipulative phone scammers who...
Common Good Should Be More Common Among the Good

Common Good Should Be More Common Among the Good

“Blessed are those who ask, ‘What have you done for me lately?’” said Jesus. Never. Actually, Jesus said such things as: “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 6:31), and “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Whether spending...
This One Word Best Describes 2020

This One Word Best Describes 2020

I am not sure there are enough adjectives to describe 2020 so far. And none of them would be flattering in depicting what has been a strange and stressful year. COVID-19 pandemic, economic stressors and political campaigns are enough to test any person’s mettle, but...