Hope is the Virtue of a Pilgrim

We are all on a pilgrimage. Knowing we are on a journey, knowing we are made for something greater, knowing there is a destination – this is the root of hope. Walking the Camino de Santiago last summer brought light to the words of a talk I recently heard: hope is the virtue of a […]

Laudato si’: The Catholic approach to climate change

Laudato si’ and climate change             Climate change is, not surprisingly, the most controversial and politically charged issue in Laudato si’. It has been a source of heated debate and confusion especially in the American context. In this essay I will outline everything the encyclical Laudato si’ says on climate change and then compare and […]

What I Learned Walking 220 Miles

While walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, I met other pilgrims who were walking the way for their second, fifth, or even eighth time. While I was amazed and in awe as I struggled through my first Camino, I also understand now why some people get “hooked on” the Camino. More than any pain, […]

Rev. Casimiro Roca

 Fr. Roca, who has impacted the lives of countless pilgrims who journeyed to Chimayó, NM, died on August 4th. Fr. Roca “has come to symbolize, more than any living person, the heart and soul of El Santuario de Chimayó.” (El Santuario website) Many who have completed the pilgrimage to Chimayó, NM have had the great […]

How to read Laudato Si: intention, structure, form and content

Catholics who do not embrace the spirit of Evangelii gaudium will likely be confused by Laudato Si             In my previous article I already pointed out the 3 salient aspects of Laudato Si: its prophetic style, invitation to conversion and Trinitarian theology. I was going to technically discuss climate change in Laudato si’ vis-à-vis the […]

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