We've heard that parable many times, and I'm sure many times we've interpreted it for ourselves or heard someone explain it as a parable about receiving gifts from God -- talents, abilities -- and how important it is to use them. Not to waste them, not to let them be dormant, but to be energetic in using what God has given to us, using all our talents for good purposes so that we will hear God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Come enjoy the blessings of God's kingdom."
Analysis: Church leaders lament the loss in numbers in Latin America. However, many missionaries would see this as a wake-up call.
The story of how the government has tried to silence the school's critics is also the story of how SOA-trained officers have silenced its victims forever.
NCR Today: Pope John Paul II has a reputation for being the pope who liberally canonized people, but I'm beginning to wonder if Pope Francis is going to outdo him.
NCR Today: Finn under Vatican investigation; new beatification brings Opus Dei into the open; conference examines martyrdom of Romero; Francis' scull cap sold on Ebay
From the moment news broke about James Foley's death, he has been called a martyr. Yet the characterization has left others uneasy.
Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. airstrikes.
They set out, alone and terrified, on a treacherous journey for the promised land: a mass exodus of children, some as young as 4.
Q and A: Culture wars have been engrained in American society since the 1970s. Dayton University's Vince Miller on why millennials reject culture wars and where politics go from here.
Column: Want to read something substantial, but you're all Francis'd out? Here are 10 summer spiritual books to consider.