Overall, church/organized religion is now ranked in fourth place in the Gallup survey behind the military, small business and the police.
The annual Cosmos & Creation Conference has developed into a much-anticipated gathering of men and women of science who are, for lack of a better word, believers.
Soul Seeing: Until three weeks short of my 74th birthday, I had never spent a night in a hospital. Then along came prostate cancer.
In his first letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul offered his perspective concerning the growth and development of the community: "I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. This means that neither he who plants nor he who waters is of any special account, only God who gives the growth" (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).
Book review: Wills speaks not from left field, but from inside the church, a regular Massgoer with a devotion to the rosary.
From Where I Stand: We have long been agitated about the computerization of life, but we are only now beginning to articulate our concerns.
More than 40 years ago, my first encounter with Henri Nouwen and his good and holy heart came in the form of his book With Open Hands (Ave Maria Press, 1972). In it, Nouwen suggested that many of us come before God with clenched fists and, as a result, are unable to receive God's gifts, one of the most important of which is the sacramental and real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Young Voices: If we encounter Christ in those people who are marginalized and get to know them, we won't be able to throw them away.
Book review: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith's memoir is what a reader might expect to find if Rudy Huxtable grew up to be an astoundingly good writer.