April 2019

To Perform Is to Perfect: A Visit with Mother Dolores Hart by Michael Ford

In my many years of conducting interviews as a journalist, one is etched in my memory deeper than most. It took place in Connecticut in 2006. Not only was it a great story, to use the journalistic jargon, but the experience of making this documentary for the BBC World Service helped me understand more profoundly… Read More To Perform Is to Perfect: A Visit with Mother Dolores Hart by Michael Ford

April 2019

Leading with Mercy: A Profile of Rhona C. Free, Ph.D., President of the University of Saint Joseph by Jane M. Bailey

I pulled into a University of Saint Joseph (USJ) parking spot reserved for the office of the president and took a deep breath. I was on a mission to discover the common values that USJ president Rhona Free and head basketball coach Jim Calhoun said they shared during a recent television interview on the station… Read More Leading with Mercy: A Profile of Rhona C. Free, Ph.D., President of the University of Saint Joseph by Jane M. Bailey

March 2019

Five Years with the Virgin Mary: An Academic Pilgrimage by Dr. Vanessa Corcoran

Although I was a lifelong Catholic whose entire higher education took place at Catholic universities, the five-year process of writing a dissertation of more than 250 pages about devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the later Middle Ages became an unexpected education in Marian spirituality. This deep immersion taught me so much about Mary… Read More Five Years with the Virgin Mary: An Academic Pilgrimage by Dr. Vanessa Corcoran

March 2019

Forster’s Personalism: Civic Healing and Howards End by Laura Hartigan

The stress of political engagement in the United States is high. Even neuroscientists are measuring the cortisol hormone level engendered by our current situation. (Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone,” since it helps regulate our response to stress.) Contemporary articles have quoted the famed Yeats line about “how the center cannot hold”—including… Read More Forster’s Personalism: Civic Healing and Howards End by Laura Hartigan

January/February 2019

The Spiritual Lessons of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address by Douglas Lavine

Anything, I suppose, can spark a flash of enlightenment: a cloud, a tree, a bird. These precious moments sometimes issue from the most unlikely of places. One of those unlikely places, I submit, is a presidential address—to be more specific, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. No matter what your religious tradition—I am Jewish—or, if you… Read More The Spiritual Lessons of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address by Douglas Lavine