I have to be honest: I think this selection from Isaiah is one of the most disagreeable readings in either Testament. Who wants to be reminded that God does not share our opinions? In some way, this teaching seems to trump even the command to love our enemies because "God's ways" question enmity itself.
Aug 29-Sept 11, 2014
Have you seen the movie "Spartacus"? There have been several versions of the story of this Thracian gladiator and slave (109-71 B.C.) who united his fellow slaves in a revolt against the Roman empire. Historians estimate that the slave army grew to between 90,000 to 125,000 people at its peak. After several successful onslaughts on Rome, Spartacus and his army were defeated. Although his body was never found, some 6,000 slaves were crucified all along the road from Rome to Capua. This cruel punishment was intended to warn others against any further insurrection.
Returning from five years of teaching in Africa, theologian Ann Riggs says that missionary work is "an opportunity and location for us to become what we were created to be."
Riggs, who returned to the U.S. in July after teaching college students in Kenya, is a new professor of pastoral studies at Loyola University Chicago.
During her missionary work as the principal, or president, at Friends Theological College, she learned more about the importance of cultural dimensions and perceptions, and plans on bringing her new perspective to her students at Loyola.
Book review: In the United States, a woman is assaulted by her husband or male partner every nine seconds. As Gwendolyn Plano aptly puts it, the situation is "staggering."
Ministry & Mission: After the Costa Concordia tragedy, members of the Apostleship of the Sea met with passengers and crew members to offer spiritual and psychological support.
Ministry & Mission: Fr. Joseph McCaffrey has top-secret clearance and access to sensitive information to help him understand what may be troubling agents.
April this year marked the 50th anniversary of the L'Arche International community. The Los Angeles Catholic Worker's Catholic Agitator newspaper recently published an interview with Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche International, which forms communities with people with intellectual disabilities. Following are excerpts from that interview.
Catholic Agitator: How has your idea of community changed over time?
Column: The nation's largest maker of killing machines has been botching delivery of the F-35 fighter jet to its loyal customers -- the U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force.
Ministry & Mission: Over the past 10 years, Mary Sue Carlson has devoted herself to assisting the poor, not only with money, but by actively recognizing their humanity.
Book reviews: More and more people are drifting away from traditional notions of church. These books explore where they go for spiritual fulfillment.