Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice

deepening spirit, pursuing justice & promoting pluralism at Xavier University



Do you really mean everyone?

2016 has been quite a year. Some say it has overstayed its welcome. In the midst of all of it... how do we really love all? This was made as a group reflection with members of the Common Ground Team. In... Continue Reading →

My Unpopular Opinion: Defining Community

During his presidency, Herbert Hoover coined the term “rugged individualism.” This is the idea that a person is not only capable of being autonomous but should remain autonomous in his affairs, not relying on the government to facilitate personal economic... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Womanhood and Lent

“Being a woman is very hard, I sometimes wish I wasn’t a woman because you suffer all of your life” I heard this for the first time when I started working for Heshima Kenya, a group that advocates and provides... Continue Reading →

“Looking Like Trees and Walking”: Stumbling Together toward Racial Justice

One of the most compelling scenes in the Gospels is the miracle that did not “take” the first time: Jesus’s healing of the blind man of Bethsaida. (Mk. 8:23-24) Putting spittle on his eyes, Jesus laid his hands on him... Continue Reading →

Counting our blessings…

We chatted, reflecting on our day of traveling through the city, seeing first hand the poverty present. We discussed how this experience made us feel? One of us said, “It makes me count my blessings and be thankful for all... Continue Reading →

Fasting and Dieting

This post was originally published March 3rd, 2014 on the liturgical blog PrayTell, where Professor Belcher is a regular contributor. It is reprinted here by permission. We often think of the Lenten fast on analogy with physical disciplines of diet and exercise,... Continue Reading →

It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving

“It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”             ~Mother Theresa   Christmas season is a time when every street is filled with shoppers, every kitchen is filled with home-cooked meals, and every home... Continue Reading →

Give the gift of ‘More’

  Many faith traditions celebrate a holiday season which includes the giving of gifts.  For the Christian tradition that season is, of course, Christmas.  The word Christmas is from the old English meaning “Christ’s Mass” and is a time for... Continue Reading →

Worship in Mass and Adoration

To Worship a sense the object of Christian life on earth, in many ways an unattainable objective.  But nevertheless, one worth reaching for!  God’s infinite presence and goodness is surely deserving of our reverence and adoration, especially as we... Continue Reading →

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