Eco Catholic: Within national parks, religious men and women often use nature's bounty as a backdrop for spiritual connection.
There is an atmosphere in two of today's readings that Catholic blogger Todd Flowerday calls "an interlude of mercy" (catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/reconciliation-lectionary-wisdom). The phrase well captures a sense of God's patience with us sinners as we figure out how to respond to love.
Faith and Justice: At a time when millennials are abandoning organized religion, Jesuit Fr. Manh Tran has been attracting hundreds of college students to Christian Life Community.
Eco Catholic: The biggest threat to the environment may be human and religious discord, which keeps us fighting rather than tending.
Have you run into those churchy types whose very presence makes you aware that you don't measure up? They don't have to publish their religious résumé. Something about their bearing broadcasts it without any need for a printed copy.
NCR Today: Contemplative prayer can be a way for us to envision healing our divisions as a country and making choices for the common good.
Soul Seeing: While teaching high school English in Chicago, I learned the art of poetry with my creative writing students. I've never looked back.
When we meet the judge of today's parable, we are quickly informed that the widow can't appeal to his good side -- he doesn't have one. So, faced with his stony heart, she becomes the water that drips incessantly until something is worn away.
Take and Read: Whenever I reread his Varieties of Religious Experience, my spirits soar, my mind takes off and my faith becomes more deeply grounded.
Humans have a penchant for cultivating an "us and them" mentality. In the ancient world, some among Jesus' contemporaries had grown up with such a mentality, and it was difficult to overcome. For centuries, the Jews had been accustomed to their special role as God's chosen people. They were to be uniquely instrumental in God's plan of salvation for all people.