A forum of Catholic Thought

What (or who) gives?Maureen Pratt

My delight in earning a graduate degree in theology this spring has given way to a desire to downsize. I'm not planning to move but am eager to simplify my life and give many things away, good things ...

Unique times for a really unique person: Mom Maureen Pratt

The pandemic has overshadowed much of the "usual" news in the world, but there is one thing it cannot, absolutely must not, take the spotlight from: Mother's Day! In fact, remembering Mother's Day this ...

Keeping the balance: Health and faithMaureen Pratt

The COVID-19 ("coronavirus disease 2019") situation began to unfold just as I was diagnosed with a significant flare of one of my autoimmune conditions and had to go on a very high dose course of prednisone, ...

Happily humble: Virtue in a competitive world Maureen Pratt

To me, two of the most striking and humbling passages in the Bible are from Mark 14:53-65 and Mark 15:1-5, where Jesus is grilled first by the Temple hierarchy and then by Pilate about his identity. By ...

Joy from the inside outMaureen Pratt

The crunch is upon us! Christmas is near, and there is too little time, too much to do and still more to come. We're supposed to shout, "Joy to the world!" but the actual feeling of joy might seem quite ...

Scammed no more! Maureen Pratt

The time I spend to write this column was supposed to have been spent with a friend whom I have not seen in years. But she had to cancel her visit because a computer hacker took over her invaluable laptop, ...

Adopt a plant and you grow a soulMaureen Pratt

"Adopt a plant and you grow a soul." The ratty wooden sign with letters resembling the work of a kindergarten student hung precariously on the side of a very dilapidated truck. In better days, perhaps ...

Celebrating, but not too much Maureen Pratt

A few days ago, I was asked to "celebrate" lupus, the disabling disease that I have been living with for more than 15 years. The invitation came in an email, and close on its heels came one inviting me ...