Grace on the Margins: The closing of a New York church prompted a group of women to gather at the shuttered building every week until the cardinal reopens it.
Grace on the Margins
Grace on the Margins: The tale of the New York police officer who gave a pair of boots to a homeless man serves as a reminder of generosity and love.
Grace on the Margins: Things might be hard in the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy, but things are far worse for many around the globe.
Grace on the Margins: Nature gives us beauty and peace more often than it does damaging winds and tidal surges. We are more often victimizers of nature than victims.
Grace on the Margins: Understanding the Catholic imagination shows how the majority of Catholics support same-sex marriage.
Part three of a three-part series.
For the last two weeks, I have reported on an emerging community within the larger movement called new monasticism. The project is being led two young adults, Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko, who were raised Catholic and who have been deeply influenced by the work of Bede Griffiths, Raimundo Panikkar, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Mother Teresa, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Catherine Doherty.
Part two of a three-part series.
The dwindling number of vocations to priesthood, religious orders and monastic life make it clear that traditional religious life no longer speaks to newer generations the way it has for centuries. But some young people still long for lives of service, prayer and simplicity that are the hallmarks of monasticism.
This is part one of a series.
Although the term "new monasticism" has been floating around ether of the contemplative world for several decades, it has remained difficult to define.
Catholic incarnations of the new monasticism movement have sprung up since the 1970s in Europe and the United States. Some have come in the form of third-order or lay associates programs in religious communities.
Although I am loath to talk about something as traumatizing and violent as rape as if it were an ideological issue, given the national conversation taking place about abortion in cases of rape and incest, it is important to continue the conversation in the pages of NCR.
In the 18th century, they crossed the Atlantic in small ships, fending off pirates along the way, to get to this country. Once they were here, they ministered to the wounded on the battlefields of the Civil War and provided aid to victims of the great San Francisco earthquake and the influenza epidemic. From humble beginnings, they managed to establish the largest private school system in the country, 110 colleges and universities, and more than 600 hospitals in the U.S.