NCR Today: An insistence that everyone must do the same thing at all times serves no one.
Essay: Loving and caring for my granddaughter Mary resonates through me, reminding me so much of me and my relationship with God.
THE PILGRIM JOURNEY: A HISTORY OF PILGRIMAGE IN THE WESTERN WORLD
By James Harpur
Published by BlueBridge, 208 pages, $15.95
Soul Seeing: I wonder just how many varied kinds of feet my daughter will wash in her new career as a nurse.
Reconciliation in Chicago: In the work for the Precious Blood Center, humor is salve for the open wounds of suffering.
One day one of our sisters told me she wondered whether people listened to one another in the participatory prayer of the faithful. She wished she could test if they were really praying together instead of going through the motions, and admitted her ongoing temptation to use a sweetly pious voice and softly intone the request: "Loving God, let this holy roof with all its heavy beams fall in on us at this moment." Then, slightly louder, "For this, let us pray to the Lord."
Viewpoint: Give qualified laypersons real authority to lead faith communities. This could shift emphasis of pastoral leadership towards preaching the kingdom.
Young Voices: As you navigate the independence of college life, don't forget to explore and nourish your faith as well.
Have you ever suffered for your faith? Has any harm come to you because you believe in Jesus?
Soul Seeing: Many people are doing what they can to help those fleeing Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, even though their own conditions are desperate.