Struggling to understand the pain of suicide

Recently a friend attended the funeral of a man who had taken his own life. At the end of the service the deceased...

New evangelization, fanning the flame

Recently a new expression has made its way into our theological and ecclesial vocabulary. There’s a lot of talk today about the New...

Spirituality and the Seasons of our Lives

As a young man, Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer, contemplated becoming a monk and once spent a summer touring monasteries. Years later,...

Parents, teachers and the children in their care

Margaret Laurence’s novel, “A Jest of God,” tells the story of two sisters: One of them, Rachel, single still and childless at mid-life,...

Remembering the gift that was Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen was perhaps the most popular spiritual writer of the late 20th century and his popularity endures today. More than seven million...

Happiness does not necessarily mean pleasure

Am I happy? Is my life a happy one? Am happy inside my marriage? Am I happy with my family? Am I happy...

Excess enters, enjoyment departs, as does freedom

Eighty-five years ago, G. K. Chesterton looked at his society and saw some things that disturbed him. Here's his comment: There comes...

Touching loved ones inside the Body of Christ

Twenty-eight years ago, when I first began writing this column, I wrote a piece that I entitled “Binding and Loosing inside the...

Literary skill helps priest explain theology

One of the reasons we don’t often find a good Christian apologetics today is because so many of our best theologians write at...

We demand that murderers be executed, God doesn’t

God is non-violent. God does not prescribe violence. Violence should never be rationalized in God’s name. That is clear in Christian revelation. But...
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