Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice

deepening spirit, pursuing justice & promoting pluralism at Xavier University



Grow In Faithfulness

Lent can be a challenging time.  We are asked to fast from something in order to relate to Jesus’ experience for 40 days in the desert.  But this is easier said than done.  Most of us start off this liturgical... Continue Reading →

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Love All: Let Them Breathe

An Advent Conspiracy?  Count me in!  If you’re just tuning in, all you need to know is that each week’s theme is brilliantly simple: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All.  That’s how we can make Advent and... Continue Reading →

A Friend Without an Agenda

Last week I called a friend of mine to vent about something stupid – to be honest, I can’t even remember what it was now (more on that later). My friend has been dealing with being unemployed for a while... Continue Reading →

Seek and Find

Bag of chips=$2, pizza from Subway=$6, new glasses=$150, relationship with God=PRICELESS. In the consumer world we live in, there seems to be a price tag on everything from cars to hair brushes. All in the world around us worth is... Continue Reading →

What goes Unearned

This is a portion of the essay submitted to join the Magis Society by one of this year's winners of the Dorothy Day Award. La Chureca. The name itself always sounded sinister to me, as if it suggested the misery... Continue Reading →

When THE story becomes OUR story

I’ll never forget the day.  It was a blustery January afternoon in 2011.  Maura and I punched the elevator button for the floor of her doctor’s office, and as the doors closed we smiled at each other with giddy excitement. ... Continue Reading →

Is God just?

“What do I owe you?” I asked the mechanic after he worked his magic under the hood of my car—a place largely foreign and mysterious to me. I didn’t expect his reply: “Don’t worry about it.” I was grateful, of... Continue Reading →

Why “give up” when we can “give of”!

“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting and weeping… Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is God….” (Joel 2:12-13a) A traditional Ash... Continue Reading →

Lent’s Liberation

Ash Wednesday often entails funny glances aimed my way. Typically it is the old ashes on the forehead awkwardness, but my favorite instance was on one Ash Wednesday almost 10 years ago while I was a Retreat Coordinator at Xavier.... Continue Reading →

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