Category: Essays & Profiles

Sanctity in a Secular Society by Gene Ciarlo

Finding the right environment to become eminently human, and therefore reaching our highest potential, is what a religion in belief and practice is all about.
January 28, 2021/by tac

A Model of Joyful Activism by Jane Bailey

A profile of Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, the director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University.
January 27, 2021/by tac

Editorial: Reflect with Contrition: On the Federal Death Penalty

Justice does not preclude mercy, and it is not for us to determine who lives and dies or the limits of forgiveness and repentance.
December 15, 2020/by tac

Losing Our Way to Nazareth by Gene Ciarlo

Two gospels, two genealogies, two emphases on Christ's earthly mission. The way of union is compassion.
December 15, 2020/by tac

Faith, Art, and Bob Dylan: A Portrait for Christmas by Michael Ford

A Catholic painter from northern England, noted for his distinctive Christmas card designs, is making a name for himself in the United States through his innovative use of digital artwork.
December 15, 2020/by tac

From the Archives: Home Churches Attract Diverse Worshippers by Marci Alborghetti

From our archives, an article on the home church movement that takes on new relevance in these times of quarantine and church closures.
December 15, 2020/by tac

Pope Francis, Thomas Merton, and the False Self by Andy Thomas

Reality, under the false-self paradigm, is not the meeting place between the person and their loving Creator. It becomes a disparate set of objects that are given value only insofar as they benefit the selfish needs of this disordered self.
December 15, 2020/by tac

Scapulars Today by William John Fitzgerald

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the mask has become the scapular of our time.
December 15, 2020/by tac

Pope’s Words on Civil Unions Mean Much, but LGBT Catholics Deserve More by Xavier M. Montecel

I applaud Francis for his courage and for the care he offers to those who live “on the existential peripheries.” But frankly, to keep LGBT people at the peripheries and to make life on the margins just a bit more livable through legal arrangements that do not transform the life of the church is not good enough.
November 23, 2020/by tac

Henri Nouwen at Yale by Michael Ford

Henri spoke to the hidden places in people’s lives where they felt most vulnerable and least capable, and somehow dignified them. He helped them see that it was precisely there that God wanted to meet them, touch them, and heal them.
November 23, 2020/by tac

A Theology of Happiness by Fr. Bedros Shetilian

People who have faith get their power from God; they are never alone. Faith is what makes someone strong, helps him preserve his integrity, helps him persevere and never be broken, no matter how harsh conditions may be.
November 23, 2020/by tac

The Three Wise Men from the West by William John Fitzgerald

These three priests differed from each other in almost every way: nationality, family background, personality. But they all shared one priesthood and a high ideal: “Love the people you serve.”
November 23, 2020/by tac

Editorial: The Unspoken Sadness: On the McCarrick Report

In disentangling these stories, what stands out is the evasiveness, the lack of accountability, that flows upward through the channels of power.
November 23, 2020/by tac

The Hidden Monk by Michael Ford

I had, in fact, noticed the little hardback in my library for years but had never taken much notice of it. I couldn’t remember where I had bought it or how it had got there. But there are always surprises on retreats, and suddenly this lonely little second-hand tome burst into life for the first time. . . .
October 12, 2020/by tac

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