Category: Essays & Profiles

Eucharist: An Opportunity for Familial Reception? by Ray Temmerman

The risks and exceptional rewards of receiving Christians from other traditions.
September 20, 2021/by tac

Shannon K. Evans on Rewilding Motherhood

A new book helps mothers to see the challenges of motherhood as an opportunity for a vibrant feminine spirituality and a deeper knowledge of God and self. An excerpt and an interview with the author.
September 13, 2021/by tac

“Kindness and Friendship Are Everything”: A Profile of Eamonn O’Neal by Michael Ford

Lessons from a lifelong Catholic who "sees himself as someone who lives the faith rather than as a person who frets about rules and regulations."
September 9, 2021/by tac

Where Is the Valuable Pearl?: On “Of Human Bondage” by Gene Ciarlo

Revisiting the classic novel through the lens of Christian humanism.
September 8, 2021/by tac

In Defense of Pope Francis and “Traditionis Custodes” by Luke Lauretano

Pope Francis is trying to keep us in the flow, right in the center where we find truth and virtue.
August 26, 2021/by tac

Jesus Is Waiting by Colleen Shaddox

Jesus issued a clear antipoverty directive more than 2,000 years ago. It is time for us to enact it.
August 25, 2021/by tac

Hope for the Church(es): Listening to Young People in an Age of Linguistic Dynamism by Ray Temmerman

The need to develop, listen to, and learn from new languages to speak of ancient mysteries is critical to the church's mission.
August 12, 2021/by tac

Building a Resilient Parish by Kate Oczypok

Lessons from a parish celebrating its 60-year anniversary.
August 10, 2021/by tac

An Appeal to Abolition by Chris Byrd

The Biden administration must fulfill its promise to hasten the end of capital punishment.
August 6, 2021/by tac

Our Screens Will Not Save Us by Marcus Mescher

Spiritual and moral maturity requires becoming more tuned in to how our screens affect our thoughts, feelings, and actions—as well as those of others.
July 21, 2021/by tac

Thomas Merton’s Journey to Dharamsala by Michael Ford

A lifelong artistic, spiritual, and interfaith search culminated in Merton's meeting with the Dalai Lama.
July 16, 2021/by tac

Care for Our Common Home Means Keeping a Close Watch on Carbon Offsets by Ray Mwareya and Nyasha Bhobo

The booming business in carbon offsets merits close scrutiny for climate-minded Catholics.
July 12, 2021/by tac

Editorial: “From the Exterior to the Interior”: On the USCCB and the Controversy of Eucharistic Consistency

In this time of controversy, a text from the Preacher to the Papal Household can help recall us to the mystic and salvific origins of the Eucharist.
June 25, 2021/by tac

Can We Call God “Mother”? Julian of Norwich Says Yes by Shannon K. Evans

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with a male portrayal of God. But there is much that is wrong with making all other portrayals impermissible.
June 23, 2021/by tac

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