Bishop Paul J. Bradley of Kalamazoo offered prayers for the six people who were killed and two others who were injured by a gunman in the western Michigan city.
Viewpoint: As happened in the third century, there is a growing gap between theology and experience, only this time the theology is twice removed from life.
Recently, I heard friends in Ecuador talking about miracles they had experienced. Those events included the Virgin Mary protecting a town from the rage of an active volcano, a downpour following a novena in a little farming village just about to lose everything to drought, and the inexplicable cure of the single mother of two little children for whom a community prayed while the doctors told them to give up hope.
Young Voices: Certain experiences separate our lives into definable periods of "before and after." While immediate feelings wear off, we never entirely lose that which changed us.
As shared last week, NCR launched an Instagram account, and during Lent, the account is largely focusing on bringing to life the corporal works of mercy. In this second week, we're looking at feed the hungry, with a list of stories below that highlight this work.
Eco Catholic: There are countless musical prophets on our planet who are changing hearts and minds one song, one chant at a time.
Two days before Pope Francis' main event in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Diocese of El Paso was coordinating the final touches to its own two main papal events.
Preview: As a volunteer, I got schooled and I was hooked.
"Where is merciful God, where is He?' someone behind me was asking."
Elie Wiesel heard these words as he and other Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz watched the SS hang two men and a boy. The grown men died quickly, but "the child, too light, was still breathing." The boy lingered, "writhing before our eyes," for more than a half hour.
Young Voices: What I want this Lent is to be able to think clearly, act decisively, and spend more time aligning my heart to God's heart.