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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

The Resurrection, human fidelity and God’s silence

Theologians sometimes try to simplify the meaning of the Resurrection by packaging its essence into one sentence: In the Resurrection, God vindicated Jesus,...

Simplifying spiritual vocabulary, how challenging

Somewhere near his 75th birthday, Morris West wrote a series of autobiographical essays entitled, “A View from the Ridge.” In the Prologue of...

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,...

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...

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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