Religious Life

Letter from Rome

As the Vatican prepares for Holy Week, Cardinal Kasper comments on mercy and other topics, while a new report shows a decline in the number of new priests worldwide.

Faith on the Front

The French writer Henri Ghéon lost his faith at fifteen and regained it after living through war. His 'Born in Battle' is a powerful account of religious rebirth.

Last Word: Measured Pains

Can we become spiritually tougher by means of small self-mortifications? Perhaps hair shirts do have a place in authentic Catholic spirituality...

Tall Orders

Seminaries have four to five years of post-college priestly formation to train men to be leaders of the small “corporations” that parishes have become.

Inside the Seminary

Any college-aged man entering a Catholic seminary during the ongoing crisis of the priestly sexual-abuse scandals does so with a certain amount of self-...

Obama's Breakfast Prayer

If a president says anything critical about what Christians may have done at any point in history, he's destined to be attacked for engaging in “moral equivalence."

Letter from Rome

It only took thirty-five years, but the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints finally recognized what almost every rational Catholic in the world had already known.

Not Ours to Mend

John Garvey wrote about our self-delusions, especially of control and autonomy, and our ways of propping them up, and his columns could be spiked with hilarity.

True Confession

I used to think something tragic had happened to bring a person back to confession after so long, perhaps a loss or grim diagnosis. That's almost never the case.

The Great Reformer

Through exposing Pope Francis's accomplishments, Ivereigh lovingly presents “the concrete Catholic thing” as something that has the power to create true solidarity.

Born from the Gaze of God

Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.

Remembering We're Not in Charge

When we try to be in charge of anything, including our spiritual life, we can narrow ourselves and limit what we might be given. We are part of something larger.
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Book Reviews

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Born from the Gaze of God

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio

October 30, 2014 | 5 comments

'The Making of Assisi'

August 4, 2014 | 1 comment

Various but Coherent

February 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Beyond the Cloister

January 27, 2014 | 1 comment

Share & Share Alike

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment

A Mossy Graveyard

November 4, 2013 | 0 comments