The Peace Pulpit: "God is always loving us. God is love and somehow, we have to try to be like that -- be love."
DISTANT NEIGHBORS: THE SELECTED LETTERS OF WENDELL BERRY AND GARY SNYDER
Edited by Chad Wriglesworth
Published by Counterpoint, $16.95
Opinion: Once I began to refer to the Holy Spirit in the feminine in my sermons and in the creed, certain results followed — slowly at first, but inevitably.
As the United States gears up for the next presidential election in 2016, would-be contenders are already coming forward to announce their candidacies. As soon as each makes his or her intentions public, the race begins -- not the presidential race, but a parallel race bent on smearing the opposition by digging into their personal lives for every true or unsubstantiated detail that might cast doubt on their abilities, ethics, principles and values.
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.