Have you ever felt that the challenges of being an authentic disciple are just too great? Have you ever been overwhelmed by Jesus' teachings? Love your enemies; pray for your persecutors. Offer no resistance to injury. When a person strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer him the other. In giving alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Do not lay up for yourselves an earthly treasure. Store up treasure in heaven. Forgive without limit. Do not turn away the borrower. Sell what you have and give to the poor. Judge not, lest you be judged.
Opinion: I like to put my money where my values are (I don't shop at Wal-Mart). This commitment is doubly important when it comes to charitable giving.
NCR Today: In an essay in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago's Archbishop Blase Cupich strongly advocates for immediate action on gun-control legislation.
I was at the Cato Institute, the belly of the beast of libertarianism, to speak about Pope Francis' view on capitalism.
Global Sisters Report: Part 4 of a 6-part series. Srs. Emmanuela, Mary Grace and Mary Columba, longtime friends, decided to launch a new community in 2007.
NCR Today: "Four times as many U.S. adults say their opinion of the church is better now because of Pope Francis as people who say their impression has gotten worse."
NCR Today: “The Church is not a museum.” Those are the words of Pope Francis opening the family synod in Rome this week.One can hope the delegates begin to understand.
A priest has lost his post in northern Italy after saying he can “understand” pedophilia within the church. The priest appeared to blame children for sexual abuse and described homosexuality as a sickness.
“Pedophilia I can understand, homosexuality I don’t understand,” Fr. Gino Flaim, a priest in Trento, told Italy’s La7 channel. “Unfortunately there are children that look for affection, because they don’t have it at home. And perhaps if they find a priest, he could also give in.”
The major relics of St. Maria Goretti, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a "pilgrimage of mercy" in the United States this fall, for the first U.S. visit.
NCR Today: I kept brushing away mental flashes of what could have happened, vignettes of horror and grief that we had been spared, but still haunted me.