Michaela Bruzzese

Michaela Bruzzese, a Sojourners ​contributing writer, teaches theology at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M.

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From the Archives: May 2005

by Michaela Bruzzese 03-27-2018
Holy Rest

HOLY REST challenges our individualism: It reminds us that we need each other. The manual for discipleship, if it existed, would come with a warning: Do Not Try This Alone. Christianity is fundamentally expressed in community. Jesus formed a community of disciples, he sent the disciples forth in groups, and he promised that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). The Holy Spirit descended in community, creating church. And our continuous process of conversion is both realized and expressed in community, for, as Tony Kelly writes in The Force of the Feminine, “to be converted, turned out of oneself toward that Universal Love revealed in Christ, is to be turned toward others who, one way or another, support or occasion one’s growth in conversion.”

Beyond Teaching Tolerance

by Michaela Bruzzese 01-02-2018
Anti-Semitic incidents in schools have more than doubled; our curricula must respond.

IN THE 2016 ELECTION, white Catholics and evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and the Republican party’s “pro-life” platform. Since Trump’s election, the United States has also seen an unprecedented rise in hate speech and action, such as the Charlottesville rally, and other incidents aimed at minorities, immigrants, and Jews.

The Anti-Defamation League reports a 67 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. over 2016; anti-Semitic incidents in K-12 private, public, and parochial schools have more than doubled, including harassment, vandalism, and physical assault. These trends are the very opposite of the pro-life platform white Catholics and evangelicals held as a centerpiece for their voting choices.

The challenge of how to respond to a rising tide of hate is not a new one for Christians—nor is the complicity of churches in spreading it. While individuals and a few churches confronted hate speech and actions against Jews in the years of Nazi power in Germany, most supported the state. If we hope to do better today, we must educate our students not only about the end result of complicity and silence—genocide—but also about the stages of bias and hatred that are fertile ground for brutal, systemic violence.

A Garden Toolbox for Schools

by Michaela Bruzzese 12-11-2013


Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

This site has education and worship resources tailored to different ages and settings. The “St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor” can be made by individuals or institutions to formalize their intent to change lifestyles and habits to counter climate change.

Rooted in Faith

by Michaela Bruzzese 12-09-2013

A school garden project helps kids learn about plants—and Catholic social teaching about caring for the environment.

All in the Family

by Michaela Bruzzese 01-01-2012

Multigenerational households are becoming more common, by choice or by necessity -- and these expanded family circles have both benefits and perils.

Our Redemption Draws Near

by Michaela Bruzzese 11-01-2009
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B & C

An Unconventional Messiah

by Michaela Bruzzese 09-01-2009
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for September and October.

From Bread to Body

by Michaela Bruzzese 08-01-2009
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for August.

A Prophet Without Honor

by Michaela Bruzzese 07-01-2009
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for July.

Be Still and Know

by Michaela Bruzzese 06-01-2009
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for June.