The Peace Pulpit: This is the most important call we have, probably, to understand how God loves us, to love God, and then to love one another.
Paulist Fr. Ed Nowak agrees with the University of Texas motto: “What starts here changes the world.” He is the director of the University Catholic Center.
Colleges and Universities: Depression, anxiety, panic attacks. These mental health issues predominate in the lives of many of today’s college students.
The recent discovery of gravitational waves was remarkable because they were not seen but heard, with scientists listening to nature -- like a stethoscope on the heart.
Soul Seeing: When the scholar in Luke 10 asks Jesus, "Teacher, what must I do to attain eternal life?", he asks a question parents would be wise to ask their kids.
Dutch theologian and Scripture scholar Henri Nouwen first encountered Rembrandt van Rijn's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" on a poster on the door of an office at the L'Arche community in France. That encounter prompted Nouwen to go to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in order to see the original.
The Eucharist is strangling the Catholic church. Most anthropologists assure us that rituals are essential to human life and self-discovery. Good rituals can be informative and formative. Bad rituals can be inhibiting and harmful.
I believe in the Eucharist as the source and summit of our life of Catholic faith. As a diocesan priest for more than 30 years, I have reflected long and hard about the power and purpose of our central sacred ritual.
“I do believe every single person—whether they live out their life in prison or they get out of it—is redeemed.”
NCR Today: These days, this is pretty much what I find I need to tell myself, over and over: "Breathe, dummy."
Simply Spirit: Clueless preachers frequently turn the Gospel story about Jesus and the Samaritan woman into bad news, especially for women.