Posts by Tom Hoopes

Today’s readings (the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B), which come during Finals Week at Benedictine College, can help us unlearn a disastrous lesson: They can help us stop thinking of our

Is evil really more interesting than good? Everyone from from Bill Joel (“I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints”) to Dostoevskky (“All happy families resemble one another, each

Portrait at Benedictine College’s St. John Paul II Student Center. Ten years after his April 2, 2005, death, St. John Paul II continues to have a profound effect on the Church. Commentators

Opening prayer: Lord Jesus, Pope Francis has asked us to contemplate “the martyrs of our own time” saying, “They refuse to deny Jesus and they endure insult and injury with dignity. They

Christianity is a dying relic of an ancient past. The Internet is killing it. Science is killing it. Western sophistication is killing it. Right? Wrong. In many ways, Christianity is on the

I gave a talk last night in Bendena, Kansas, about martyrs of the 21st century, starting with the Coptic Christians of Egypt and working backwards to some of those killed in the