Just Catholic: I think it is a serious misstep on the part of the powers-that-be to assume that a) everybody knows what went on at the synod; b) anybody cares.
THE TASTE OF SILENCE: HOW I CAME TO BE AT HOME WITH MYSELF
By Bieke Vandekerckhove
Published by Liturgical Press, $17.95
At the age of 19, Bieke Vandekerckhove was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Learning that the progressive neurodegenerative disease would end with her death in two to five years, Vandekerckhove tried to make peace with herself and her God.
A gathering focused on the immediate needs of Seattle's homeless will be co-sponsored by the student governments of Seattle University and the University of Washington Dec. 2, on SU's campus.
Reader's Retrospective: Five decades ago, Fr. Bill Gianola was a newly ordained priest increasingly aware of the need for "a new kind of learning."
Fr. Joseph Girzone, who became far more prominent in retirement than during active ministry because of his "Joshua" series of novels, died Nov. 29. He was 85.
Mother Angelica, who spearheaded the founding of the Eternal Word Television Network, is on a feeding tube as she battles lingering effects of two strokes she suffered 14 years ago.
When my husband and I decided to build a small addition onto our house, I learned a new term: permeable. Permeable means capable of being penetrated, especially by water. It refers to the amount of square footage a property is required to have that is not cement or a solid, impenetrable surface.
Reader's Retrospective: Early NCR subscriber Fr. Doug Brougher serves as a chaplain in New Orleans, where he survived Hurrican Katrina.
In a cold and fallow season of waiting, watching and wondering, it is not surprising to find ourselves reflecting on the past and looking toward the future, taking stock and hoping for something better to come. Advent is the season of promise par excellence. We willingly wait. We anticipate the birth of Jesus and all that symbolizes for us, and we do so in the light of promises extending back to the Hebrew Scriptures and beyond.
Overall, more than 4 million Syrian refugees have fled their homeland since the Syrian civil war began in March 2011.