When we meet the judge of today's parable, we are quickly informed that the widow can't appeal to his good side -- he doesn't have one. So, faced with his stony heart, she becomes the water that drips incessantly until something is worn away.
Take and Read: Whenever I reread his Varieties of Religious Experience, my spirits soar, my mind takes off and my faith becomes more deeply grounded.
Humans have a penchant for cultivating an "us and them" mentality. In the ancient world, some among Jesus' contemporaries had grown up with such a mentality, and it was difficult to overcome. For centuries, the Jews had been accustomed to their special role as God's chosen people. They were to be uniquely instrumental in God's plan of salvation for all people.
Column: Compromise may be anathema in a religious sphere, but it is the way things get done in the political one.
Praying for the Beloved Community. War in Aleppo. Racial violence. Environmental devastation. The election. Today we need the inspiration of St. Francis.
NCR Today: It's the Feast of St. Francis, a good time to remember that the words we choose to describe life on our planet matter.
Growing up, we each had chores so that we might contribute toward the family's well-being and learn responsibility. One of mine, not my favorite, was to keep the fire going when my dad set up the grill for a cookout. After the charcoal was lit, it was my job to keep fanning the embers so they'd glow with heat until all the food was cooked.
NCR Today: A meditation and a gentle push during a retreat in high school set me on my path of discovery.
Young Voices: It is easy to justify the noise of our rage when we convince ourselves we are making it in defense of some righteous cause.
My Table Is Spread: Fr. Adrian Zemek is the sole Norbertine priest in residence and pastor of an 18th-century monastery church.