Spirituality

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.

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

An exhibit pulls together an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and liturgical vestments to suggest the wide range of Marian images in Western art.

Gay and Catholic

Tushnet's memoir illuminates a theology of friendship, the outward-looking call to love and serve, devotions to troubled saints, and a healthy anti-clericalism.

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.

Last Word: Brimstone on the E Train

On boarding I realized we’d committed to the wrong car: A subway preacher was in full roar. For a Catholic schoolgirl from Milwaukee, this was quite dramatic.

Last Word: The Last Leap

In the end, after all, the experience of a Christian death amounts to an act of trust, which is just another name for faith.

'I Want to Be a Sister'

Where do the desires that direct your life find their source? And how and when do they assert themselves through all unlikelihood and doubt?

Blessings in Disguise

To her fans—and there are many, from critic James Wood to Barack Obama—Robinson shows that old-fashioned virtues like seriousness and simplicity are still virtues.

Last Word: The Divine Spark

Seeing Catholicism through Muriel Spark's conversion; understanding the creed through her narrators.

'A True Story?'

I sensed my children's souls but couldn’t offer them certainty about the divine. What I could offer was my willingness to say “I don’t know."
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Book Reviews

Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

No Turning Back

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Distant Neighbors

March 5, 2015 | 2 comments

Latino Pentecostals in America

February 5, 2015 | 1 comment

Gay and Catholic

January 22, 2015 | 6 comments

Born from the Gaze of God

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments