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."
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.
What is expected of us as we watch and work for the realization of God's reign among us? What should we be doing in this seemingly endless interim between the appearances of Jesus?
Rio Olympics: The Olympic Games began in ancient Greece with deep religious connections. Are those roots all but lost today?
Unlike catechisms, Scripture frequently offers us a choice. Counter to popular opinion, the same theology doesn't run from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. There are as many unique ways of looking at God in Scripture as there are biblical authors. Those who originally collected our sacred writings and eventually put them in the format we have today simply presumed we'd take our pick.
Soul Seeing: Amid a crowd protesting the Brexit referendum result, I wonder who can judge right and wrong in this binary world of "in" or "out."
"Lord, Teach us to pray." Did the disciple who made that request have any clue about the intimacy of asking someone how he prays? Our prayer exposes the heart of our relationship with God: who we think God is and how we stand in God's presence.
NCR Today: On Facebook a friend posted, "We just have to love harder." It takes my breath away. How do I love harder?