Common Hells, Private Heavens

Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell each has its own floor. Evoking horror, repentance and beatitude, more than 40 African artists exhibit a new look at Dante and divinity.

Poem | The Flamingo

The pink of her plumage is borrowed from the shells of shrimp she snaps from the muddy grasses, as step-by-step she extends her stride across a kingdom not...

Spare the Rod

The effect of violence on the lives of children: high rates of depression, criminal behavior, domestic violence, rape, substance abuse, and acquired disabilities.

Two Poems | 'Sunday Morning' & 'I Say'

Sunday Mornings   I’ve never found another name for Heaven except heaven-here—this walk around the block— our meeting-place-between we...

Poem | Some Octaves on Holy Orders

for Thomas Meagher and Ryan Justin Adams, Presbyters Non sum qualis eram   A vestibule bathed in stained glass light for naming and claiming, chrism and...

Letters | Teaching prisoners, seminarians & ourselves

Shortsighted Kudos to Robert Cowan for saying that the objections that scuttled Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to pay for college classes for prison inmates...

A Continent Adrift

What's remarkable about the postwar era is the speed and depth of Western Europe’s recovery. But do its problems today come from pushing the accomplishments too far?

Knowing Jesus

When we affirm that Jesus is true God of true God, that must be understood absolutely. When we affirm Jesus is true man, that too must be understood absolutely.

'Effie Gray' & 'Cinderella'

Emma Thompson has descried fairy-tale possibilities in the facts of Effie Gray's story; Kenneth Branagh does moderately well with an expedient "Cinderella."

Last Word: Senioritis

Often the way our society treats "senior citizens" assumes that as bodies age, individuality decreases. But aren't whiskers and white socks a sign of unique wisdom?

The Roots of Baltimore's Anguish

Baltimore is Exhibit A for the frustration over how the costs of globalization and technological change have been borne almost entirely by the least advantaged.

Is Democracy Unraveling?

The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties.