TheLastWord

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?

Last Word: Crumbs of Grace

Worshipping with families of Antiochian Christians in Philadelphia, you are an interloper. At the coffee hour, they pile your plate with pastries—"you are new, yes?"

Last Word: Things Fall Apart

Despite hard work, sound planning, lifestyle adjustments, and unusually well-behaved Irish genes, I find myself—to paraphrase Yeats—“where all the ladders” end.

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...

Last Word: One of the Least

A story about becoming the aged and infirm Jesus has called you to love, or, "the tenderness of the Trinity playing itself out on another level."

Last Word: A Late Confession

I spent hours into the night in my small convent room, praying that I would get through the next day's lessons without breaking down or bolting. Bolting from Edward.

Last Word: Room for Both?

A low voice emerged: “Welcome to my home. Please, sit.” My host and I shook hands, and I took the chair opposite. I remember the details because he was a terrorist.

Last Word: The Silent Treatment

When a person is in pain or becomes ill, and then tells you—what do you say?

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.

Last Word: The Divine Spark

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

Last Word: A Job, Not a Career

Have we become afraid that the stench of poverty will rub off on us if we spend too much time in the company of those the Gospel calls us to serve?
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