In his essay "The Signature of Jesus," Brennan Manning passes on the story of an elderly man who meditated every morning under a big tree on the bank of the Ganges River (Multnomah Pub., 1996). One morning, after he had finished praying, the man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion washed nearer to the tree, the man quickly stretched himself out on one of the long roots that extended over the river and reached out to save the drowning creature. As soon as he touched it, the scorpion stung him. Instinctively, the man withdrew his hand.
Young Voices: I have often found myself envious of converts; as a cradle Catholic, I have never really known what it is like to live without my religion.
Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously.
Soul Seeing: On a trip to Thailand, I encountered a praying Buddhist woman who embodied what the "praying church" is.
It was 1981.
Only two years separated the United States from its second oil crisis in a decade. In 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini had slashed oil shipments to the U.S. to fewer than 500,000 barrels a day. Prices at the pump had soared and gas lines lengthened.
In this context, the Committee on Social Development and World Peace of the U.S. Catholic Conference drafted "Reflections on the Energy Crisis," a statement addressing energy policy.
Spiritual Reflections: A comparison of the synoptic Gospels with the Gospel of John reveals obvious differences, one of which concerns the miracles or wonders worked by Jesus.
Column: Directors of religious education have gotten creative with scheduling, not only to satisfy parents but also for volunteers' and priests' availability.
Spiritual Reflections: Each of our four evangelists writes from the perspective of a unique theology, often contradicting the theology of those who wrote before or who would write afterward.
My Table is Spread: The largest mental health facilities in the country are in our largest cities -- and happen to be jails.
Soul Seeing: Poetry is theology leaping out of the file cabinet and into the heart. It is the Word or words that stir our souls.