If you think somebody's famous because they've written scads of books on spirituality, traveled the world speaking about God's love, and have 150,000 people on a daily email list for meditations, then brace yourself for when that person sits down for a televised face-to-face interview with Oprah Winfrey.
After spending a sabbatical year spearheading his own research into the unknown lives of Catholic deacons, Joseph Ferrari learned that permanent deacons, no matter their age or location, have similar leadership styles.
Book reviews: That Thomas Merton would catch the attention of an Anglican priest and a Benedictine nun is tribute to his genius and his difficulties.
Spirituality: Had he not died in 1968, what would America's most famous monk, mystic and hermit, Thomas Merton, done? We shall never know.
When Trappist Fr. Matt Torpey speaks of his mentor, teacher and friend Thomas Merton, the words flow like a gentle stream.
I'm not a football fan, but I was fascinated by recent polling numbers published by the Public Religion Research Institute on religion and football.
Like many commentators, I too worry that the church's contraception policy causes great and unnecessary harm nowhere more than in the third world.
I am mourning the loss and celebrating the new life of a great friend, Joseph Grilliot, who passed into eternal life Tuesday at his home in Roeland Park, Kan. His son, Marvin, and his wife, Rachel, and a loving niece, Barbara Martin, were at his bedside.
In Paul's first epistle to Timothy, he specifies women once in his advice about qualifications for overseers and deacons: "In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything" (1 Timothy 3:11). Footnotes in the New International Version suggest Paul may have been referring either to the wives of deacons and overseers, or to women like Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae whom Paul personally greets in Romans 16:1.
Appreciation: I still remember my very first class with Fr. Richard McBrien. Two insights from that day in 1997 have stayed with me.