My Table is Spread: On Sept. 4, Jews celebrated the beginning of a new year. For my niece, it marked the beginning of a new life.
"We are part of a world system that has always measured greatness in terms of power, but Jesus always measured greatness in terms of service," one woman said.
The new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said the church should draw strength from spirituality to engage in works of charity.
"Energy for charitable works should come from our spiritual strength," Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal of Trivandrum told a news conference Wednesday at the end of the weeklong bishops' assembly.
Soul Seeing: If you look around my office prayer space or on my bedroom dresser, you'll notice one constant: broken conch and whelk shells everywhere.
At 77 years old, Fr. David Link has recently made a second (or maybe fifth) career in ministry at six Indiana state prisons.
What do this Sunday's readings say to us today? Where are we to look for the light of our world?
In our first reading, Isaiah's solution to superficial religiosity that does not illuminate has nothing to do with more prayers or pious self-mortification; he beckons us to venture beyond our comfortable home territory into the foreign lands of the less fortunate. Isaiah teaches that our light will shine when it has been kindled by the experience of sharing with those who know needs we have not experienced and that we can't even imagine without listening to their story.
Caught in the middle of the marijuana debate are religious leaders torn over how to uphold traditional understandings of sin amid a changing tide of public opinion.
"No other document gives us the crucial role of Catholic higher education in the church," one theology professor said.
Book review: The Blue Sapphire of the Mind is a meditation that starts with clouds of unrelated thoughts that eventually float together to become part of a great whole.
Thanking members of the Neocatechumenal Way for their generous missionary efforts, Pope Francis also encouraged them to build church unity, learn about local cultures and respect any member's decision to leave the movement.
"I thank the Lord for the joy of your faith and for the passion of your Christian witness," he said during a special audience in the Vatican's Paul VI audience hall Saturday with thousands of members of the parish-based faith formation program.