After Hobby Lobby

It’s unfortunate that the Obama administration’s initial, parsimonious exemption for religious groups helped ignite the firestorm that led to Hobby Lobby.

My Father’s Files

My father wanted to remember himself and the world in which he labored. He also wanted to leave a map.

The Larger View

George Eliot’s 'Middlemarch' has always provided something as much like spiritual direction as fiction can offer, and continues to today.

Catholic & Libertarian?

The Ayn Rand libertarianism that Paul Ryan has flirted with is fundamentally incompatible with Catholic teachings. But can Catholics still be economic libertarians?

Fiction | Exhibit A

By day thirty-seven, he’d broken dozens of rules, so what was one more?

Letters | Women Religious, Christian Wiman

Readers respond to stories on the LCWR and Christian Wiman.

Something Is Wrong

To know you need help that you cannot somehow conjure up through your own power frees you. You have to turn from yourself to something outside yourself.

Poems | By and By & Lullaby Before Birth

By and By What falls on us familiar at the end And blankets even the daylight in a blur That neither fog nor cricket come to friend Is not the night, although I...

Poem | Show Time

Tempus fugit every sundial proclaims, yet over and over time seems to swoon, or to expand, even to grind to a juddering halt when I blog; a dreadful...

Last Word: The Paradise Part

Would we be silent at our monastery meals, or would we whisper? Would we hide in our cells or go off on chatty walks in the woods? Both/and, it turned out.

The Weal's Kickoff Happy Hour

Photo Credits: Matt Mazeswki's and Ellen Koneck's iPhones

'The Leftovers' on HBO

This gloomy, powerfully acted series imagines the aftermath of a cryptic development: 2 percent of the world’s population has vanished, and no one knows why.