Grace on the Margins: In her 26 years of life, Kayla Mueller was able to grasp a deeper understanding of God than most people do during their lifetimes.
Religious Life: Hermit meets parish priest and becomes his secretary. Together, the pair nurtures a platonic friendship that develops into romantic love.
In a hermitage overlooking Ohio's Jefferson County, five men spend the majority of their days in silence, solitude and fasting.
Members of a semi-eremitic religious community that came into being as Europe emerged from the Dark Ages, the Camaldolese Hermits of Montecorona are the product of a 16th-century reform movement. Unlike their Camaldolese Benedictine brothers, the Camaldolese Hermits do not have monasteries. The congregation of Montecorona has around 60 members living in nine hermitages around the world, according to its website.
The risk of foreign aid work, especially for young people, has again been thrust into the national spotlight after the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller.
Mueller, a foreign aid worker, was confirmed dead Tuesday after being taken hostage by Islamic extremists in 2013 in Syria.
Even as aid organizations have improved security protocols over the past several years, workers can be placed in war-torn areas where safety cannot be guaranteed, said Abby Stoddard of Humanitarian Outcomes, a research and policy group for humanitarian agencies.
THE STORY OF PAIN: FROM PRAYER TO PAINKILLERS
By Joanna Bourke
Published by Oxford University Press, $34.95
NCR Today: A California lawmaker wants to replace a bronze statue of Serra with a monument honoring the late Sally Ride, the nation's first female astronaut.
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been given a new position in the Roman Curia working to help prepare catechism for national bishops' conferences.
"I have come to believe that we must trust women and families -- not politicians -- to make the best decision for their lives."
Between the White House and the U.S. Capitol -- a two-mile terrain where inaugural parades along Pennsylvania Avenue are staged for new presidents -- lies the homeless belt of America. At various sites, the Father McKenna Center, Mount Carmel House, House of Ruth, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, Zacchaeus Community Kitchen, Rachel's Women's Center, N Street Village and the Capital Area Food Bank have been among the havens where beds, meals and other mercies are available to people who need and deserve them.
How can retired priests use our experience and gifts to serve the Lord in expanded roles, and ease the burdens of parish priests overloaded with work due to a dire priest shortage?