Spiritual Reflections: Although the desire to assign places for others in the afterlife is tempting, the sacred texts summon our attention and our energies elsewhere.
At the peak of his 40-year career, radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (1918-2009) was heard on 1,600 radio stations by 24 million people weekly. He was best-known for what he called "The Rest of the Story." In that segment, he'd feature some well-known person or event and then supply his listeners with some added and perhaps previously unknown information that completed the story and made it all the more fascinating. Hence, the rest of the story.
Soul Seeing: 3.5 million Americans are homeless each year, including 1 million children on any given night. That seemed impossible to me. Then I met Jen.
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.