Last Word: Greetings, Citizen

We are defined by what we love, and love of the common good enhances and completes us in a way the individual, private good is unable to do.

Last Word: The Fear of God

When we speak of the fear of God, everything depends on what we are afraid of and why.

Last Word: Bergman Meets Bresson

In 'Ida,' director Pawlikowski presents Bergman’s questions and Bresson’s answers; Bergman’s atheism and Bresson’s emphasis on the presence of grace.

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.

Last Word: Spontaneous Tolerance

In Kathmandu, religious freedom and religious tolerance are the norms.

Last Word: One Pound, Fourteen Ounces

“Folks,” the doctor stammered, “There's no explaining this medically, but in fifteen minutes, James’s condition improved dramatically."

Last Word: Splitting Up

"It’s not you. Well, it’s not me either. It’s the ‘us’ that needs…space," we said in perfect, twinny unison. It was our biggest split since the egg divided.

Last Word: Living Witness

How do you tell a vocation director you’re scared that the life you feel called to may be dying?

Last Word: Sister’s All Right

He sat next to me. I talked about my favorite theologians, prayers, gospels. I showed him my rosary, and asked if he believed in God. And still the bus didn't come.

Near Occasion

Many artists and writers, not necessarily religious, speak of the influence of religious language on their work.

Friend of Justice

Msgr. Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y García-Menocal, faithful priest, seminary rector, and prolific writer who died January 3, was also a great Cuban patriot.

The Last Word: Rerouted

I have been rerouted from my natural course toward death. It feels wrong.
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