Opinion: Lent is over and as the frozen pipes loosen and my sewage flows freely again, I will sing alleluia this Easter season with a vigor and joy.
Easter reflection: We are the Easter people who believe that the cross transformed all suffering and pain, and the Resurrection secured eternal life.
Many of us learned in grade school religion classes that Jesus' resurrection was simply God's seal of approval on everything Jesus taught and did. So if he didn't actually rise from the dead, then the religion he founded and all the rules we learned in our catechism classes weren't binding on anyone. We'd best look for another religion.
Book review: In vignettes from young Catholics in their 20s and 30s, Hungering and Thirsting for Justice shows members of the faithful living out the Gospel with their actions.
Commentary: In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks God to "remove this cup." Who among us has not asked the same of God at one point?
Carroll County is a small, rural county in northern Maryland. Its local board of commissioners has become news because of its insistence on starting board meetings with prayers to Jesus.
After a federal judge ordered the board to stick with nonsectarian prayers, some council members refused. The judge's order was twice defied in prayers uttered at the beginning of subsequent board meetings.
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.