A small c catholic: If we Americans can manage religious harmony, we can be a model for countries that struggle with the challenges of religious pluralism and diversity.
Today's Gospel opens after a period of great activity and ominous events. Jesus was rejected at home, so he went to other places and sent his disciples to preach in his name. They came back successful, but burdened and frightened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist. It was time for Jesus and his friends to regroup and discern God's will for them.
Viewpoint: The world could not continue as a loving and caring place without the gifts of the LGBT people in our midst.
Reflection: Similarities can be explained by pointing to three Arabic mottos, central to the Islamic tradition, and their surprising Ignatian counterparts.
Soul Seeing: It is the deepest kind of love, the love of sacrifice, the love of putting the other's happiness and welfare first, the love of feeling blessed by God because of the other.
Think about your life 20, 40, 50 or even 60 years ago. What were your plans? What did you envision for your future? What did you hope to be when you grew up? Did you achieve your hope, or are you doing something with your life that you never imagined?
Peace Pulpit: We have been anointed to carry out the work of Jesus, the work of the ruler guiding and showing others the way.
Five questions for NCR readers, to which I suspect and would wager the answers will be yes -- definitely yes.
A small c catholic: Just a few weeks after the annual Indianapolis 500 race, I am standing in the middle of the track at the finish line.
On the April 11, 2009, episode of "Britain's Got Talent," a middle-aged woman made her way to the stage and said she wanted to sing like one of Britain's most acclaimed stars of musical theater, Elaine Paige. At that, the judges for the contest barely concealed their amusement, and after a few minutes, the audience was whispering their doubts and criticisms. How could this frumpy and unattractive woman set herself forward like this? When asked why she'd waited so long to make her debut, Susan Boyle said she hadn't had the chance before.