Editor’s Blog

The Long Road

The unrecognized voice in the night, the burning bush — the Bible offers multiple examples of sudden callings from God. But Ignatius’ journey to his vocation was a long one. We don’t all get knocked off our horse one strange day.

Textbook Ethics

If you found your father’s 1929 Jesuit college textbook titled “Special Ethics” with his handwritten notes inside, would you recognize the man who raised you?


The United States appears increasingly engaged in internal political warfare. Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch asks, “What is the cost of joining the battle?”

Campaign Melodies

Presidential campaign jingles have become a thing of the past. But when done well, they reinforced acandidate’s pitch and spoke to voters.

Election Fever

Election 2020 occurs in a year that seems without parallel. (Take a look at special election coverage from LMU Magazine.) But when voters went to the polls in the presidential election of 1968, they cast ballots in a year of…

Student-Athletes and Mental Health

This past week, I had a second meeting with senior Keara Reilly, a psychology major who swims everything from the 200 to the 1650 freestyle for the LMU swim team. In spring 2018, Reilly came by the LMU Magazine office…

Kids’ Hopes

Some of the most eloquent voices heard in the aftermath of mass shootings are those of high school students. Their determination to make the political system respond is a sign of hope.

Vain and Unfulfilled Hope

For most of my adult life, I’ve worked on magazines — three in higher education, a lifestyle magazine focused on diabetes, and a religious social justice monthly. From the very first issue that came off a press with my name…