One cannot adequately speak about the inner spiritual life of Pope St. John Paul II without considering the complexity of his life and the large role that his native land played in the formation of his soul. His early life is well-known: Born in the
I had woken up content and looking forward to celebrating Mass in the parish. I sprang from bed, eager to get ready and to arrive early for my appointment with Our Lord and his people. Mass went beautifully. At the end, some women approached me,
We are living through a dangerous moment in our national life, of an intensity and potential for destruction unseen since 1968. Then, a teenager, I watched U.S. Army tanks patrol the streets of Baltimore around the African-American parish where I worked. Now, a Medicare card
Over the past decade, pollsters charted something remarkable: Americans—long known for their piety—were fleeing organized religion in increasing numbers. The vast majority still believed in God. But the share that rejected any religious affiliation was growing fast, rising from 6 percent in 1992 to 22 percent in 2014.
When it came to recovering from an eating disorder, mere faith wasn’t enough for me. What I needed was a Eucharistic faith. I learned that lesson 16 years ago, during my battle with anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. For six years, between the ages of
Maybe the most prominent and seductive modern-day myth is the assumption that we have an unlimited amount of attention. Technology affords us the opportunity to become involved in multiple communities—based on hobbies, personal struggles, political views, social cause, or stage of life. Twitter hashtags, shareable
I’ll never forget the first time I heard the words “moral relativism.” I was in college, talking with a friend who was taking an ethics class on campus. He told me the professor promoted moral relativism — the idea that there is no objective moral
“What do you ask of God’s Church?” The catechumen responds to this question with, “Faith.” With this word, a catechumen presents himself for full reception into the Body of Christ. I’ve always loved the simplicity of this opening. I also love the message. We don’t
What is truth? Tension filled the room as Pontius Pilate’s words peeled back the layers of the human condition. An accused Jesus is standing before Pilate on trumped up (no pun intended) charges of insurrection. Pilate offered the interrogatory in response to words Jesus just uttered.
Fifty-eight years ago this week, on January 25, 1959, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, less than three months into his pontificate as Pope John XXIII, shocked the world by announcing his intention to convoke “an ecumenical council for the universal church.” The seventy-eight-year-old pontiff made sure that