The Word Among Us

May 2008 Issue

Publisher's Letter

Every winter, you can hear mothers all around the world telling their children to bundle up warm before they go outside. Of course, that’s really good advice to give kids. But if you were to put six coats, four pairs of gloves, and three hats on a corpse, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference. More »


Over All These, Put On Love

When I think about living above with all the saints I love, Yes, I look forward to that glory. When I think about living down here with some people, Now that’s a completely different story. More »

Personality, Priorities, Prayer

You changed my mourning into dancing; you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. (Psalm 30:12) Jesus told Nicodemus: “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (John 3:5). More »

Clothed with the Garment of Salvation

I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul. For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice. (Isaiah 61:10). Dazzling evening gowns can cost thousands of dollars. Fancy shoes alone can cost a few hundred dollars. More »

Special Feature

As I write this on Christmas Eve 2007, spouses are welcoming their uniformed loved ones from Iraq and Afghanistan for the holidays. As they hug and kiss, they already know that in a few days they will lose them again. If only they could stay! It’s a bitter-sweet experience. In this life, the visitation of the Holy Spirit is like that. More »

Open Your Eyes

That November day in 2004 began like so many others: off to early Mass, breakfast at Sparky’s Diner, and then on to work. It started taking a different turn late in the morning, when my son Tom called, asking that I drive him to a doctor’s appointment. I can still see Tom, sitting in the hospital bed with tears flowing down his face, trying to comprehend this. All of us were stunned. We just couldn’t believe that such a thing was happening to a thirty-three-year-old man who was otherwise active and healthy, just at the start of his life. More »

The Saint of the First Red Cross

If you’ve ever been tempted to think that you’re not cut out for sanctity, consider the case of Camillus of Lellis. Here is a saint—the patron of hospitals, health care workers, and the sick—whose burning love for God effected a widespread reform of patient care. “I’ll never forget the sight,” wrote one person who saw six-foot-six Camillus in action. “When he was attending a sick person, he looked like a hen with her chicks or like a mother at her child’s bedside.” More »