A small c catholic: The Protestant Work Ethic can turn us Protestants into mindless centers of activity that is neither redemptive nor productive of anything but more activity.
Bread of life is the theme that dominates four Sundays this month, and it actually began last month (July 26) with the sign of the multiplication of the loaves.
Signs is a particularly Johannine name for miracles. Each sign was intended to reveal something of the person and purpose of Jesus and to challenge and encourage those who witnessed the sign to believe -- or to deepen their faith.
Opinion: When Sr. Theresa Kane welcomed Pope John Paul II in 1979, she asked for equality and ordination on behalf of Catholic women everywhere.
Book review: David Brooks says he is often struck by the difference between the self-promoting things we say about ourselves and the qualities praised at the time of our passing.
Soul Seeing: It's 7:30 a.m. I look in the mirror. My wrinkly, bald head looks like a cracked egg.
Today we remember the most famous picnic in religious history. How many people were there? Some say 5,000. Did that include women and children? We know for sure that there was at least one child -- girl or boy, nobody knows for sure -- who was vital to the story.
The Peace Pulpit: "Compassion [is] entering into the feelings of others. It's the basis for reconciliation. That's how people begin to come together."
A small c catholic: If we Americans can manage religious harmony, we can be a model for countries that struggle with the challenges of religious pluralism and diversity.
Today's Gospel opens after a period of great activity and ominous events. Jesus was rejected at home, so he went to other places and sent his disciples to preach in his name. They came back successful, but burdened and frightened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist. It was time for Jesus and his friends to regroup and discern God's will for them.
Viewpoint: The world could not continue as a loving and caring place without the gifts of the LGBT people in our midst.