Unexpectedly, emotions overcame Gulsat Aygen. A tenured and full professor of linguistics at Northern Illinois University, she was in the audience in mid-January at a concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr., staged by the Chicago Sinfonietta in the city's Orchestra Hall.
Column: Humans are hardwired to tell stories and to respond to the stories of others. More and more, I find they inspire my spiritual life.
Column: It is difficult to see how President Barack Obama can achieve results that will enhance his standing in the polls or before history.
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.
Column: As Washington settles in for more and more gridlock, one group of veteran political operatives remains deeply committed to making the government serve the common good.
Between the White House and the U.S. Capitol -- a two-mile terrain where inaugural parades along Pennsylvania Avenue are staged for new presidents -- lies the homeless belt of America. At various sites, the Father McKenna Center, Mount Carmel House, House of Ruth, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, Zacchaeus Community Kitchen, Rachel's Women's Center, N Street Village and the Capital Area Food Bank have been among the havens where beds, meals and other mercies are available to people who need and deserve them.
Column: Wars may end when the final shot is fired or the last bomb dropped, but the effects of the violence remain. So it is with the Vietnam War.
Column: Is the common narrative about deep divisions within the Republican Party wrong? Maybe it's the Democrats who face the really ideological divisions.
Column: I have learned the hard way not to put my faith in church leaders. They are not the most important people in the church to me.
Column: Timothy Shriver, who has directed the Special Olympics for the past 10 years, had a participatory childhood, triply so.