Francis Clooney

People looking at the Last Supper painting

Knowing Christ in the Love We Do

May 11, 2020
"May our mothers live long enough and may we grow up soon enough, that we come know our mothers as the real persons they are, who have loved us beginning and end, in deed, in word, in presence," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Road to Emmaus

Easter on the Road of Lost Hopes

April 27, 2020
"If we are scattered, he scatters too; if we are not in the holy city, but on the mundane roads of ordinary life, that is where he chooses to be; if we are marooned at home, distanced and masked, then that is exactly where he shows up next," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
At the tomb

Terrified at the Resurrection: Easter during a Pandemic

April 12, 2020
"We need, once again in 2020, amid pandemic and all else that ails us, to learn how to speak resurrection-words that stop the ordinary way of things and draw people into the mystery of Life writ large and whole," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Solomon on David's mule

When Jesus Entered the City: Facing Down Fear, Eyes Open

April 5, 2020
"Many of us  regret that churches are closed this week, services canceled or only online. But Holy Week is happening. It is not as if the last days of Jesus, and the last supper, the washing of the feet, the agony in the garden, the dying on Friday and burial in a hastily prepared tomb do not happen: they do, but not in church," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Jesus Statue

'Jesus Wept': God with Us during the Pandemic

March 30, 2020
"In the days of the pandemic, even if we remain very careful about distancing ourselves, let us at least in our hearts show up, cease to be distant, dwell among those who suffer, our tears mingling with theirs, at every tomb," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

Sight and Blindness during a Pandemic

March 23, 2020
"The pandemic will become a matter of history, but the starker choice before us won’t go away: shall we be blind to our neighbors in need, bothered when their humanity and rich complexity become too evident, wed more to our ordinary ways of doing things than to God’s glory at work in the world?" writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Professor Frank Clooney

The Pope, the Amazon, and Pachamama

February 24, 2020
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., on how Catholics are to make sense of indigenous imagery and practices that come alive in very localized Catholic practices and images.
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., third from left, in Africa.

A First Visit to Africa

January 17, 2020
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., reflects on his first trip to Africa, where he lectured on comparative theology and interreligious learning.