Category: Essays & Profiles

A Lifetime of Living the Sacraments by Beverly Brazauskas

As fully initiated members of the church, the adult faith community has the mandate to be a visible sign of sharing the church’s mission.
May 15, 2023/by tac

The Scapegoat Mechanism: Reflections on Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” by Leonard Engel

Tracking the backstory of an enduring work of American literature.
May 9, 2023/by tac

Shooting for the Moon by Julie A. Ferraro

Funds for the projected 2024 NASA mission to the moon could be better used to care for our brothers and sisters here on earth.
May 4, 2023/by tac

Reaching Out by Michael Ford

How Henri Nouwen inspired one woman's "Wounded Healer" ministry.
May 1, 2023/by tac

Reflections on American Catholic History: Part III—A New Epoch
by David J. O’Brien

The third and final part in a series tracing the development of the church from Vatican II through the present.
April 25, 2023/by tac

Seizing the Sacred in the Faith of Others by Patrick Henry

Learning from deeply religious individuals who recognized the sacred in the religion of others.
April 18, 2023/by tac

The Tree of Life: Seasons on Earth, Reasons in Heaven by O’Neill D’Cruz

Uncovering the universal wisdom of an ancient archetype.
April 11, 2023/by tac

“This Wild Calling”: The Possibilities and Limitations of the Synod on Synodality by Gene Ciarlo

The Synod on Synodality is not radical enough to move mountains, and mountains must be moved.
April 11, 2023/by tac

At Glendalough by Richard Lehan

The arc of time streams through this valley; its breadth and porous boundary between past, present, and future enveloped us in a humbling temporal awareness.
April 4, 2023/by tac

From I to We by Ray Temmerman

The Mass is not a celebration of a group of individuals praying in one place. Rather, it is a thanksgiving celebration of one family, one body, united in faith.
March 30, 2023/by tac

Looking for Miss Annie Vickers
by Nicole d’Entremont

"But nothing stopped the singing. It swelled, a great wave, higher and higher; then fell, drenching us in sound and jubilation." Remembering the march from Selma to Montgomery.
March 23, 2023/by tac

New group focused on “supporting the embrace of synodality” in US church

The Pentecost Vigil Project is "a one-stop-shop for American Catholic individuals and organizations to ponder, prepare and practice synodality."
March 20, 2023/by tac

Ordinary Catholics to be offered an inspirational balance to the clerical, male-dominated XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023

Spirit Unbounded announces two major speakers for its October 2023 "Discipleship of Equals" event.
March 7, 2023/by tac

The Church Will Always Have My Heart,
But It Can No Longer Have My Money
by Colleen Shaddox

The Catholic Church, not the mystical body of Christ but the institution, has failed to make a good confession about child sexual abuse.
March 7, 2023/by tac

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