NCR Today: Pope Francis is our best resource in making it clear what is important for living a good Christian life.
Why do the innocent have to suffer and die? Why is God silent? It is that silence that gives the novel its title.
Lent 2017: For centuries during Lent, Christians have sought to grow closer to God through praying, fasting and giving to the poor. Now they can also mark the 40-day period of penitence that precedes Easter by posting pictures to Instagram, reading a regular reflection in their email or watching a priest answer questions on Facebook Live.
Eco Catholic: There are many kinds of wilderness, both natural places, like the desert or the bottom of the sea, or internal, wild ones. We can learn from both.
Spiritual Reflections: Somehow, poverty can teach people that when you face an unknown and uncontrollable future, you should make everything possible of the moment at hand.
Eco Catholic: Prayer gives us proportion to locate ourselves and our years in the largeness of it all, and we take our portion with utter seriousness.
Soul Seeing: My devout Catholic mother confidently advises prayer and reflection as a means of clarity. It took me a long time to realize what that means.
Spiritual Reflections: God's holiness looks like a never-ending outreach to rebellious humanity, an ongoing invitation to communion, the incarnation of love, no matter the cost.
The Peace Pulpit: God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
I worry that "checking out," while tempting, is not the answer when so much is at stake. Yet, action takes a toll, and some contemplative tips can come in handy.