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Michael O'Brien is a Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Fellow at America.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael O'Brien
A Reflection for Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, by Michael O'Brien
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael O'Brien
Fordham University recently released the 2023 edition of its Pope Francis Global Poverty Index, a summary and analysis of global conditions based on Francis' criteria for material and spiritual well-being.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Michael O'Brien
On Nov. 23, the Fordham Prep Rams and the Xavier Knights will meet on Thanksgiving Day for the 100th time, a landmark matchup for the fourth-oldest high school football rivalry in American history.
Arts & CultureMusic
Delaney CoyneChristine LenahanMichael O'Brien
Whether you know it as Kairos, Spark, Magis or Encounter, we bet there was a song playing in the background that involved a banjo, a scraggly-bearded lead vocalist and lyrics about finding yourself through struggle.
A child touches a figurine of the baby Jesus as Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24, 2022. (CNS photo/Cristian Gennari, pool)
FaithDispatches
Michael O'Brien
Between unwrapping unwanted presents, tons of holiday food ending up in the garbage, fossil-fuel burning to power millions of Christmas lights and many other instances of Yuletide overindulgence, the commemoration of the humble birth of Jesus comes at a significant expense to the environment.
MagazineDispatches
Michael O'Brien
Through the Lilly Endowment's Compelling Preaching Initiative, America Media will continue to "respond to the needs of the church" through effective preaching on multimedia platforms.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael O'Brien
As the humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens by the day, among the most vulnerable civilians within the strip are newborn babies and their mothers.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Michael O'Brien
Behind the scenes of college basketball are the chaplains who offer spiritual support, prayer and wisdom, including the chaplains at nationally-ranked Marquette and Gonzaga.
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael O'Brien
A Reflection for the Feasts of Sts. Simon and Jude, by Michael O'Brien
Arts & CulturePoetry
Michael O'Brien
While certainly an unorthodox choice, “Carrion Comfort,” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., fits with the Christian roots of Halloween as an appraisal of faith in the face of horror.