The Peace Pulpit: We tend to want to put our relationship to God in a way that we feel we merit something. Not true; God first loved us.
Book review: David Dow's engaging new memoir, Things I've Learned from Dying, dispenses wisdom gleaned from observing three deaths.
Soul Seeing: I wish people would offer those who struggle with depression the same compassion they offer to friends with socially acceptable illnesses.
I have to be honest: I think this selection from Isaiah is one of the most disagreeable readings in either Testament. Who wants to be reminded that God does not share our opinions? In some way, this teaching seems to trump even the command to love our enemies because "God's ways" question enmity itself.
Tracy Dereszynski is a busy woman. Yet she still finds time for prayer and spiritual practices -- thanks to her phone.
The Peace Pulpit: What Jesus does through his death is show us how we can bring life to our world not by hating, but by returning love.
Book review: In clear and accessible language, Sacred Fire examines life's journey as revealed both by the human sciences and Scripture.
Health & Well-Being: Music therapy is more than just singing songs with people to make them feel better; it's complex tapestry of counseling and performance.
Have you seen the movie "Spartacus"? There have been several versions of the story of this Thracian gladiator and slave (109-71 B.C.) who united his fellow slaves in a revolt against the Roman empire. Historians estimate that the slave army grew to between 90,000 to 125,000 people at its peak. After several successful onslaughts on Rome, Spartacus and his army were defeated. Although his body was never found, some 6,000 slaves were crucified all along the road from Rome to Capua. This cruel punishment was intended to warn others against any further insurrection.
In light of the recent political, military and social conflicts taking place around the world, Catholics and other Christians have found reason to come together in faith to pray for world peace and healing.
The 22nd International Week of Prayer and Fasting will take place Sept. 20-28. Organizers are encouraging individuals, families and parishes around the world to participate by fasting, attending daily Mass, prayer services and Holy Hours, going to confession, and praying the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet.