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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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.


I need to forgive Donald Trump

Soul Seeing: Jesus, I want to love like you do, but I need more wisdom and grace to forgive Donald Trump. How do I forgive someone I don't even know but who drives me nuts every time I see him boast and lie and cheat?


Coronavirus: When a metaphor is more than a metaphor

Soul Seeing: At a time when we thought the idea of Oneness was rising in consciousness, the original sin of thinking we're better off apart from God and each other is crying for dominion, an idea that brings only decay and death in its wake.