Orthodox iconography: "The Byzantine Orthodox iconography is not just an 'art,' it’s a sacred art," Theodoros Papadopoulos, Greek icon expert, explains.
What do men want?
Many, it is clear, don't want to spend Sundays at Catholic Mass. As dioceses and parishes confront empty pews, research indicates that members of Catholic congregations are growing older and fewer in number, a focus is emerging on that half of the population who are less likely to be in church.
An author himself, Brian Doyle says, "Without fail every time I slough toward despondence a story comes and thrums on my heart until I am bruised with joy."
Parish Diary: I've just come back from walking the Camino de Santiago, a challenging, transformative 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Soul Seeing: Nature documentaries on TV jump-start my religious imagination with startling images of God's saving side.
Spiritual Reflections: We begin the season of Advent with readings that direct our gaze to the ultimate and the immediate realities of our lives.
A small c catholic: If we are to own the faith in a personal way, we must put our doubts, questions and certainties into our own words.
Spiritual Reflections: The inscription explaining Jesus' execution, "This is the King of the Jews," has the power to indict everyone who contemplates it.
We say: The symbolic doors of mercy, unsealed and opened in Rome and in dioceses and parishes around the globe have urged conversion and renewal while there is still time.
Francis Chronicles: "What must we do with bothersome people?" the pope asked. First, look in the mirror and see "if we, too, may sometimes prove to be bothersome to others."