October 2019 Issue

Are You Satisfied with Priestly Ministry? by Fr. Louis Arceneaux, C.M.

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Overall, we wish to see seminarians formed to continue to live out the values that were promoted by the Second Vatican Council and that Pope Francis has reminded us are still in the process of being realized.

Ben Salmon and Catholic Pacifism by Roger Karny

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A Catholic pacifist and World War I conscientious objector has things to say to our time.

The Grandeur of God by Gene Ciarlo

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The universe is a sacrament of God. The universe is the myth, the story, the clue, the sacrament of a spiritual reality that defies human recognition. The universe is a suggestion of God.

Sometimes History Bears Repeating by Fran Salone-Pelletier

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They marched stubbornly onward—refusing to let their pain or fear paralyze them. They marched as believers, believers who embraced their mustard-seed-sized faith. Yet they knew in their hearts there is an additional reality. . . .

Our Ecological Crisis and the Path of Renewal by Joseph Prabhu

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What we call the Divine cannot be separated from the human and the cosmic, or else we fall into the dualisms of the divine and the human, and the human and the natural—dualisms which, theologically speaking, are precisely those which have enabled the ecological crisis.

Where Is Jesus?: On Christian Humanity by Fr. Bedros Shetilian

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If our communion with God is real, then the fruit of that communion will be our love for our brothers and sisters.

Manna from Heaven by Amy Nicholson

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If we look around and consider our lives blessed rather than focusing on what’s missing, we find we have so much more than we originally thought. Maybe it’s time for a renewed mindfulness of the blessings at hand.

Editorial: Solidarity in Ignorance: Approaches to the Climate Crisis

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The challenge is not to merely to “solve” the climate crisis on a pragmatic or technocratic level, but to fundamentally revise our way of thinking from one of dominance and control over nature to one that internalizes the interdependence of all living things.

Faith, Meaning, and the Irony of Christ by Ed Burns

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There is a whole other way to envision the acquisition of knowledge by the human mind, and it is this: In the development of human knowledge, it is always faith—any kind of faith—that comes first.

Toward Universal Abolition by Chris Byrd

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As the resolution of our nation’s crucial, untenable 19th-century dilemma was abolition, we may have, with capital punishment, reached the moment when the scales of justice will tip inexorably toward universal abolition in America.