Category: Essays & Profiles

Organized Vibration: A Profile of Evelyn Glennie by Michael Ford

Lessons in listening and the power of silence from a world-renowned percussionist.
February 21, 2022/by tac

The Divided Church and the Next Phase of Synodality by Robert Mickens

The next stage of synodality needs to be centered on a spiritual revival that helps Catholics discover the tools for building a deeper and richer interior life.
February 17, 2022/by tac

Valentine’s Day and Eucharist: Bonds of Love by Gene Ciarlo

The communal aspect, the total environment that feeds our spirits, must be embraced when we come to worship.
February 14, 2022/by tac

Mission by Mission: A Soldier’s Journey of War, Faith, and Healing by Jane M. Bailey

A new memoir processes the pain of war and its aftermath. Featuring an interview with author TB Stamper.
February 10, 2022/by tac

Words and Music: On the Work of Niall Williams by Leonard Engel

Novelist Niall Williams renders the essence, the spirit of place, of an Irish parish at a particular moment in time.
February 9, 2022/by tac

When Coming of Age Was Horror Time by Joe Pagetta

I’d never put together who I was then with the Catholic writer I am today until I went back and listened to those songs.
January 21, 2022/by tac

Evaluating the Synod, Part III: The Jesus Story Is the Answer by Gene Ciarlo

We need the voice of the faithful to remind us all, and especially the Catholic Church hierarchy, where we have gone wrong.
January 19, 2022/by tac

Jesus as a Priest for Our Time according to the Order of Melchizedek by Fr. Bob Bonnot

An excerpt from a new book on the priesthood from Fr. Bob Bonnot, as well as a video interview with the author.
January 10, 2022/by tac

“God Is Good to Us” by Michael Ford

Michael Ford recalls his friendship with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died last month at age 90.
January 5, 2022/by tac

The Tenacity of Hope by John Alonzo Dick

Beginning the New Year on a note of hope.
January 3, 2022/by tac

A Christmas Story in Another Pandemic by Michael Harank

A family gathered in a small room of a public hospital for the poor recalls the love, mercy, and compassion of the first Christmas morning.
December 20, 2021/by tac

Beginning with Reality: The Pope’s Visit to Greece and Cyprus

Drawing attention to the root causes of migration, especially well-financed wars and the arms trade.
December 16, 2021/by tac

Evaluating the Synod, Part II: Catholic Catechesis and Spiritual Growth by Gene Ciarlo

Our current models of religious instruction are not preparing young people to contribute to a synodal church.
December 15, 2021/by tac

Catholic associations promoting a “do-it-yourself” synodal program

A joint effort between the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests and the Catholic Committee of the South aims to include those on the margins of the synodal process.
December 3, 2021/by tac

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