Soul Seeing: Ashes are a sign of our deepest desire: transformation. They are a sign that we want to live in the freedom of Jesus Christ.
My brother Tom was always better with his hands than the rest of us were -- an important characteristic for a surgeon. One day, a few years into his career, I asked him, "How can you get up in the morning, go to work, wash your hands, dress up and then pick up a knife and slice someone open?" He replied that he was not "slicing someone open," but removing something that was hurting someone. His profession is science that strives to do the greatest good and the least harm. It is, in vocational terms, a continuation of the healing ministry of Jesus.
Column: It's that time of year when Catholics are getting ready to make their second round of New Year's resolutions -- aka Lenten resolutions.
Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Dorothy Stang’s persistent activism on behalf of Brazil’s poor and the earth is well known to environmental and social justice activists throughout the world. Thursday marks the 10-year anniversary of her death at the hands of hired guns.
Young Voices: St. Teresa of Avila witnessed women suffering in a church that did not value their gifts, so she set out to make changes.
My Table is Spread: It's been a bloody January in France. I suppose most months are bloody there, as here, but not in a way I notice.
More often than not, the first reading for the liturgy correlates to the Gospel, and today's texts are no exception. The motif is suffering -- first bemoaned by Job, and then faced head-on by Jesus.
It is in these streets where God dwells among us, calling, luring us into new possibilities of nonviolent love and transformation.
Simply Spirit: Scripture reflection is a gift for everyone, especially for our elders who were denied access to the Bible after being told as children, "It will only confuse you."
A small c catholic: If religion loses its capacity for wonder and is instead stuck with nothing but creedal formulations, it is a serious detriment to civilization.