Michael Leach is publisher emeritus of Orbis Books. He has edited and published more than three thousand books. His authors include Nobel Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and hundreds of religion book award winners. In 2007 the Catholic Book Publishers Association honored Mike with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dubbed "the dean of Catholic book publishing" by U.S. Catholic magazine in 2003, he has also authored or edited several books of his own, including Why Stay Catholic? which was voted the "Best Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith" in 2012. Mike brings this background to his role as editor of NCR's Soul Seeing columns; Soul Seeing has won the first place award for "best regular spirituality column" from the Catholic Press Association for five years in a row. Michael is a frequent contributor to NCR's Soul Seeing column.

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Christmas means we all belong, to Christ and to each other

Soul Seeing: In Christ, I am part of you and you are part of me and we are really one, indivisible and interdependent. What could be simpler, and more profound?

Soul seeing, like love, changes everything

Soul Seeing columns are about looking at what is in front of our eyes and seeing what God has put in our eyes: love, mercy, goodness, beauty, grace, harmony, humility, compassion, gratitude, joy, peace, wisdom, salvation. Soul Seeing writers contemplate those moments when, without searching, they beheld something extraordinary in the ordinary.


Being a grandparent is about being in awe

Soul Seeing: On July 25, Catholics will celebrate the elderly. We grandparents will express gratitude for the gift of our grandchildren. After all, they give us the same gift we give them: the joy in knowing that we are an unadulterated delight.


Have a happy Gerard Manley Hopkins Christmas

Soul Seeing: To paraphrase Gale Sayers at the end of "Brian's Song" — "I love Gerard Manley Hopkins and I'd like all of you to love him, too." Especially this Christmastime. First, let me introduce you.