Soul Seeing: When the scholar in Luke 10 asks Jesus, "Teacher, what must I do to attain eternal life?", he asks a question parents would be wise to ask their kids.
Dutch theologian and Scripture scholar Henri Nouwen first encountered Rembrandt van Rijn's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" on a poster on the door of an office at the L'Arche community in France. That encounter prompted Nouwen to go to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in order to see the original.
The Eucharist is strangling the Catholic church. Most anthropologists assure us that rituals are essential to human life and self-discovery. Good rituals can be informative and formative. Bad rituals can be inhibiting and harmful.
I believe in the Eucharist as the source and summit of our life of Catholic faith. As a diocesan priest for more than 30 years, I have reflected long and hard about the power and purpose of our central sacred ritual.
“I do believe every single person—whether they live out their life in prison or they get out of it—is redeemed.”
NCR Today: These days, this is pretty much what I find I need to tell myself, over and over: "Breathe, dummy."
Simply Spirit: Clueless preachers frequently turn the Gospel story about Jesus and the Samaritan woman into bad news, especially for women.
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS: ESSAYS
By Marilynne Robinson
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 304 pages, $26
What is humankind? What is God? What's the relationship between the two? These are difficult questions, and as Marilynne Robinson's The Givenness of Things sees it, there are no easy answers to them.
NCR Today: The Capuchin Franciscans I live with watch "Antiques Roadshow" every Monday evening. In the past few weeks, I've noted five parallels between this program and Lenten spirituality.
Distinctly Catholic: In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis challenges us to "leave the nest that contains us."
Global Sisters Report Preview: I've been angry with God for a few years now.