Simply Spirit: Clueless preachers frequently turn the Gospel story about Jesus and the Samaritan woman into bad news, especially for women.
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS: ESSAYS
By Marilynne Robinson
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 304 pages, $26
What is humankind? What is God? What's the relationship between the two? These are difficult questions, and as Marilynne Robinson's The Givenness of Things sees it, there are no easy answers to them.
NCR Today: The Capuchin Franciscans I live with watch "Antiques Roadshow" every Monday evening. In the past few weeks, I've noted five parallels between this program and Lenten spirituality.
Distinctly Catholic: In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis challenges us to "leave the nest that contains us."
Global Sisters Report Preview: I've been angry with God for a few years now.
NCR Today: LCWR has developed a strong bent toward contemplation within what I would call the process of leadership.
We're in the middle of Lent, our unique catholic (i.e., universal) retreat time. For 40 days, the entire church, from the greatest to the least, is called to take a look at how our life reflects what we believe about God. Beware: This retreat is not a time of rest. Today's readings call us to focus on the fact that now is the only time we have to live the call of this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
NCR Today: NCR continues our Lenten examination of the works of mercy. Today we look at the third work of mercy: clothing the naked.
My Table is Spread: In the French Quarter on the last Sunday afternoon in January, my family and I had an experience that was wholesome. And fun.
Soul Seeing: My image of God (which is all any of us has) suggests these beyond-within experiences are a trace of God in each of us.