Dan Conway

GOOD STEWARD | Advent is the season of hope, Mary is the star

Dan Conway

Advent is the season of hope, a time of eager anticipation or longing for Christ. During this blessed season, we have a chance to connect with our deepest desires. Above all else, whether we recognize it, we human beings long to be united with God, the source and summit of our aspirations, the joy of our desiring.

This longing, which we try to hide or suppress most of the year with no great success, bubbles to the surface in Advent. The hymns, prayers and readings evoke our heart's deepest desires like no other time of year.

THE GOOD STEWARD | Catholic newspapers play an important role in diocesan communications

Dan Conway

The Catholic press isn't immune to the diseases that infect the secular newspaper business. A decline in readership with the resulting fall off in advertising and subscription revenues challenges newspapers and journals everywhere. Diocesan publications are no exception.

THE GOOD STEWARD | The Gospel of Jesus Christ is pro-culture

Dan Conway

We sometimes hear it said that the Gospel is countercultural. That's not exactly correct.

THE GOOD STEWARD | Stewards of freedom, servants of God

Dan Conway

Something especially powerful is expressed in the famous saying of St. Thomas More, "I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first." Most of us know the story of St. Thomas' martyrdom. He was executed because he opposed King Henry VIII's decision to divorce his wife and, in the process, declare himself head of the Church in England. Thomas More opposed this double divorce, and paid dearly for it.

THE GOOD STEWARD | The pope speaks to the city and the world

Dan Conway

It is traditional on Easter Sunday for the pope to deliver a brief address, the "urbi et orbi" ("to the city and the world"). The city is, of course, Rome, "the heart of Christianity," and the world is the entire global village with all its religious, cultural, political, racial and economic diversity. While popes always have addressed themselves to the whole world, Pope Francis recognizes that his audience is "linked by modern technology" now more than ever.

THE GOOD STEWARD | Building bridges instead of walls

Dan Conway

It's too early to evaluate the impact of Pope Francis on the Church or the world. He's not even been pope for a year.

But there's no question that Pope Francis has had an impact. Ask anyone what they think about the new pope. Many will say, "I really like him!" Some will say, "I like what he says, but I'm worried that he's moving too fast." Some will express reservations or concerns about various aspects of his pastoral approach. A few people may say outright that they dislike Pope Francis, but the fact remains: He's hard not to like!

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