The Common Good

The Common Good By Robert B. Reich. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. At fourteen years of age, Robert Reich heard John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech…” What can you do for America?” Seven years later he took a job as summer intern of his brother Robert F. Kennedy, and he felt he was doing something […]


The Second Mountain

The Second Mountain: The Quest for Moral Life. By David Brooks. New York: Random House, 2019. 346p. David Brooks is very well known for those who tune in to Shields and Brooks on the PBS News Hour each Friday evening, his editorials in the New York Times and his book “The Road to Character” published […]



John Henry Newman and His Age

Owen F. Cummings.   John Henry Newman and His Age. Eugene, OR: 2019, p. xvi, 180. Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, NM, describes Cardinal Newman in the Forward of Cummings’ book as “a man for all seasons”. Cummings speaks of Newman as a complex person who not only influenced the last quarter of the […]


Eating Together Becoming One

Eating Together Becoming One: Taking Up Pope Francis’ Call to Theologians. By Thomas O’Loughlin. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019. p. xiv, 174. On November 15, 2015 Anke de Bernadinis, a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic husband, asked Pope Francis if her husband could receive the Eucharist when they attend the Catholic Mass together. […]


Frequent Communion: Reward or Need?

Frequent Communion: Reward or Need? Introduction Pius IX (1846-1878) and Pius X (1903-1914) have much in common and differ in many ways as well. Pius IX lived in a time of transition.  New philosophies were affecting dramatic changes in the world and in the Catholic Church. John W. O’Malley, SJ has described these changes in […]


The Universal Christ

The Universal Christ: How A Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. By Richard Rohr.  New York: Convergent Books, 2019. 272 p. (kindle). Richard Rohr, a globally recognized ecumenical teacher, bears witness to the universal awakening in Christian mysticism. A Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, he is the founder […]


I Call You Friends

The last article in the Ecumenical Corner stresses the humanity of Jesus Christ and his call to all of us to be his friends (Jn 15:11-17). He has chosen us and has appointed us to bear fruit that will remain. This is his commandment, that we love one another as he loves us. He has […]


Living in Christ

Praying in Christ St. Paul says simply that through faith we live in Jesus Christ. “For me to live is Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) We are the body of Christ. He is the head and we are the members. We are familiar with […]


River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. New York: Random House, 2019. Sr. Prejean and Dead Men Walking are now well known. Susan Sarandon won the Oscar for best actress in the film version of Sr. Prejean’s book. A play was written as well telling the story of the nun from the […]