At 6 p.m. on an unusually mild Christmas Eve, I parked my tan Ford Escort next to Ellen's red one outside a pizza parlor in downtown Syracuse, N.Y.
A small c catholic: A recent Vatican document represents an important step by the church in learning to treat Jews as beloved children of God.
Perspective: Fr. Bob McCahill chronicled his 2015 experience living in Bangladesh, in a letter he sent to friends at Christmastime.
Essay: I have the suspicion that Pope Francis is a fan of Scrooge, the crusty, mean, emotionally gnarled miser of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
This is the time of year for family stories, the well-worn, deeply loved lore that reminds us of who we are, the anecdotes that explain relationships within the family and where we think we fit in the world.
My Table Is Spread: I'm Catholic, but my oldest sister, well, she's an Edist. She believed, and believes, in Ed, her late husband.
Editorial: We have a pope who is inviting -- challenging -- us to ask the most pressing questions of the day.
Soul Seeing: I was in Paris the night of Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, and the corner of my brain that has time to think about eternity is asking why.
At The Intersection: At a time when my spirit needed to be refreshed, I ended up at an incredibly irreverent musical, and I found meaning in the irreverent.
As Advent wends its way to its annual goal, the unique spirituality of this holy season is reflected in the songs, hymns and sacred texts that inspire and accompany our journey.