Category: Essays & Profiles

Flannery O’Connor: The Bottom Rail on Top by Nicole d’Entremont

One fiction writer reflects on another. A lesson in entering fully into the world created by an author.
April 20, 2021/by tac

Easter: A Season and a Way of Life by Stephen B. Kass

The penitential season of Lent has passed and the season of rebirth and renewal is here. Its 50 days are a period of inspiration that serve as a call to action to all the faithful.
April 15, 2021/by tac

Dreaming with Hans Küng by Joseph Prabhu

A remembrance of the towering theologian and the new paradigms of thought and expression he brought to the Catholic Church.
April 12, 2021/by tac

From the Mundane to the Mystical: On the Work of Denis Johnson by Adam Fleming Petty

A critical appreciation of a major novelist whose work evokes the spirituality of the American landscape.
March 31, 2021/by tac

The Decisive Moment: A Vision of Life after the Pandemic by Feliciano López Peralta

Humanity is at a crossroads, a turning point, a decisive moment in which it has to choose a new direction.
March 23, 2021/by tac

The Paradoxical Pulse: An Excerpt from The Language of God by Francis S. Collins

A famed scientist's awakening to faith in West Africa.
March 18, 2021/by tac

The Story of a Pilgrimage by Michael Ford

One human being’s search for psychological reparation after a breakdown at the age of 23.
March 16, 2021/by tac

Seeds of Spiritual Vitality by Ed Burns

We have the time and the grace we need to grow towards God, to say “Yes” back to him, to orient the slow and steady growth of our love wholeheartedly towards him.
March 9, 2021/by tac

Matthew T. Eggemeier and Peter Joseph Fritz on “The Politics of Mercy”

An excerpt from a transformative new work, featuring a brief interview with the authors.
February 25, 2021/by tac

A Glorious Presence Out of Place in the World: On Marilynne Robinson by Leonard Engel

The latest installment in the esteemed author's series depicts a blurred line between fate and free will.
February 18, 2021/by tac

Opinion: Biden Eyes Lobbyist Jeff Flake as Ambassador to South Africa—and Why Catholics Should Be Concerned by Ray Mwareya and Nyasha Bhobo

The former senator's past views on apartheid should disqualify him from the ambassadorship.
February 18, 2021/by tac

Get Off of the Couch and Out of the Pew by Stephen B. Kass

The person of prayer is a kind of spiritual athlete, training to grow in holiness.
February 11, 2021/by tac

“Gaze, Consider, Contemplate” – In an Age of Pandemic by Michael Ford

A new album by the Poor Clares of Arundel is helping listeners find solace during the pandemic.
February 11, 2021/by tac

An American Catholic’s Reflections on the US Election by Fr. Louis Arceneaux, C.M.

Broadening conceptions of what it means to be "pro-life" might help explain recent political trends.
January 28, 2021/by tac

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