August 2017

Painting of possibly Jesus and others

The Truth about Jesus and Women

Was Jesus a feminist? Some might say it's not fair to pose this provocative question. One can easily object that feminism is a late 20th-century western idea, and that it is unfair to impose it on a first-century Jew like
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The Life and Legacy of Edith Stein

Edith Stein hardly seemed Catholic-saint material. She, a precocious Jewish child, rejected God as a teen at the turn of this century in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). But even as a child Edith was, at heart, a radical.
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A Franciscan in Syria

He’s pastor of St. Francis Parish in war-besieged Aleppo. Here is an excerpt from his gripping daily journal.
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Bridging the Generation Gap

Last December, as he marked his 80th birthday, Pope Francis quoted the ancient Roman poet Ovid to say that as old age slips up on us, "It is a blow! " The Holy Father laughed as he celebrated Mass with
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Artwork of Jesus surrounded by people

The Martha and Mary Balance

Lots of ordinary Catholics feel guilty stepping out of the rat race to pray. They often feel as though seeking the peace and guidance of God in prayer is somehow self-indulgent. That struggle is well illustrated by a difficult Gospel
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Midlife Meditation

Growing older seems effortless, I discover, as I suddenly realize that my birthday is only weeks away. I have done nothing to hurry the hands of the clock. I have had no say in how one day melts into the
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