Reader's Retrospective: John Garrity first encountered the National Catholic Reporter as a Norbertine novice at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wis.
Dec 19, 2014-Jan 1, 2015
Book review: The Wisdom of the Beguines is a comprehensive investigation into the lives of thousands of celibate women who lived outside the cloister as beguines.
Book review: Deep Down Dark presents a profound, sensitive examination of how otherwise ordinary working men respond to a crisis.
In recent years, people's attempt to trace their roots and fill in the branches on their family tree has been greatly helped by the website ancestry.com. There, one can search through a wealth of public records in order to find the who and the where of family origins.
As far as we can tell, nothing in Scripture was written exclusively for cloistered religious. We assume our sacred authors had ordinary married people and their children in mind when they composed our biblical writings. The spirituality and theology expressed in them were meant to be lived in a real world populated by real people: husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, men and women who related to one another on a normal, human level. We especially must keep this in mind when we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.
My Table is Spread: Like Moses before him, baby Jesus has been cast into dark waters, while evil stalks the riverbanks, watching and waiting.
Christmas: Since 1984, NCR has published Maryknoll Fr. Bob McCahill's annual Christmas letter, chronicling his experience in Bangladesh.
Soul Seeing: No matter how severe the darkness of the outer world is, it cannot overcome the inner and transcendent light.
We say: Christmas has yet to find a voice within the virtual search engines that read our desires. Advent is our annual wakeup call.
Column: I have learned the hard way not to put my faith in church leaders. They are not the most important people in the church to me.