Young Voices: The most joyful room I was in this year was a church packed with mourners at a funeral. It was also saddest room I was in this year.
Several years ago, I was a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center working on questions in science and religion. One day, the program manager appeared at my door and asked if I wanted some boxes of notes that had been taking up space in his office. The notes happened to be those of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and he did not know what to do with them. Woodstock had inherited the notes from Nicole Schmitz-Moorman, whose father, Karl Schmitz-Moorman, inherited the notes after Teilhard's death. Karl bequeathed the notes to his daughter, who, in turn, donated them to Woodstock.
My Table is Spread: My bilingual parish is trying to help the English and Spanish speakers meet one another as more than co-tenants.
Advent: On this Second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah, Mark and the author of 2 Peter preach to us with power. There is no fogginess here.
Thomas Berry said that each cultural era has its own "great work" to accomplish. Ours is to reestablish our connection to nature and work toward sustainable lifestyles.
Soul Seeing: Beloved old songs evoke positive emotions. Long after the doors in the brain that lead to memory are shut, the ability to appreciate music remains.
First Sunday in Advent. The key virtue for Christians is simple: "Be watchful! Be alert!"
Young Voices: How do we hold our crosses with dignity while acknowledging them for the burdens they are? How do we remain truthful when times are dark?
Grace on the Margins: Under what conditions is suffering redemptive? How do you know you're right?
The only chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society that is located in a prison is at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Shirley.