Column: Whenever it's published in the next few months, I expect to read Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman.
Column: My podcast feed includes a number of spiritual and religious shows NCR readers might want to check out.
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.
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: 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.
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.