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December 14th, 2015
3 ways to be more engaged this Christmas
...r on your way to work. Perhaps your church orders little blue books for Advent, to help you spend just minutes a day in more meaningful prayer. Take on one of these practices to stay in touch with the real meaning of the season. Regardless of what...
April 25th, 2014
Papal Saints John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized — is Oscar Romero far behind?
...f his ties to Marxism. Pope Francis appears to disagree with that classification. And if he believes Romero is a martyr, the Church could bypass the normal rules and beatify him, meaning he’d need only one miracle — not the normal two...
February 24th, 2014
Details like music and flowers are important on your wedding day, but they aren't true preparation for the marriage ahead
...ng (and sometimes more hectic) than an engagement year. After the proposal begins a slew of preparation activities. Book the church, find the reception venue, select your wedding party, decide on wedding attire, choose flowers, select music…...
February 18th, 2014
...ng shall be well.” Julian concludes Revelations with another quote from Christ, “What, do you wish to know your Lord’s meaning in this thing? Know it well, love was his meaning. Who reveals it to you? Love. What did he reveal to you? Love. Why...
February 12th, 2013
A look at the origins and symbolism of the celebration of love on February 14
...ument, then you likely have deeper conflicts to examine. What would the Church say about Valentine’s Day? The message of the Church is more focused on the meaning of love as taught by our Creator. John Paul II tells us that as the author of love,...
January 8th, 2013
...e can also turn to various forms of prayer. One extremely helpful aid is an ancient form of prayer that was developed in the Church’s monastic tradition. Lectio Divina, or Sacred Reading, provides us with a method allowing God to unfold the...
November 26th, 2012
...of a poor and forgotten little town, among oppressed and broken people, his intention to follow enabled him to discover true meaning and joy: the Holy Nomad, whose cries would awaken new purpose into the world. You and I spend this time of year in...
March 15th, 2012
...repent. The terms “penitentiary” and “correctional facility” are still used today but have lost all meaning. Many Americans howl at any effort to create opportunities for reform among criminals, such as providing education,...
September 23rd, 2010
The unedited transcript the conversation between Brian McLaren, Clyde Edgerton and Eric Porterfield
...esonating outward. And this to me is part of what the religious impulse is about. It’s saying that there actually is a meaningful context for this whole thing. That meaning and beauty and all the rest — this is what it’s actually...
May 17th, 2010
What exactly is it? What is the perception of the frequency? What is the reality?
...7;s of some comfort to those in the Church who are horrified by such casual sexual behavior. Should a hook up be emotionally meaningful? The majority of respondents want a hook up to be emotionally meaningful. I asked whether people agreed or...
April 15th, 2010
The former Pedro the Lion leader talks about reactions to recent work and his current take on faith and his role as an artist
...rds to those issues that I was just talking about, it was a very comfortable place to be a voice of ostensible reform within church, that I didn’t feel the need to escape. It was enough to just want to reform church. It wasn’t until much...
December 31st, 2009
A traditional nun and her openly gay cousin discuss sexuality and the Catholic Church
...ferent — I don’t know why. Sr. Bernadette and Paul Mages, Christmas 1989 BH: How have your perceptions of the Catholic Church changed? PM: Well, the Catholic Church is so diverse. You have the hierarchy, which to me seems a bit out of touch,...
November 3rd, 2009
After 500 years, St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises continue to transform lives
...about how you approach God differently through the Exercises and why it is unique? JC: I think people are really looking for meaning in their life, and they’re looking for truth. In a culture that is built around “quick and easy,”...
August 17th, 2009
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders discuss the spiritual and religious challenges students face in college
...eemed cool to take part in while in high school. These opportunities breed a sense of search and exploration and ultimately, meaning. That’s the thing. If I were to really tell incoming students one thing it would be “Make sure college is...
August 11th, 2009
..., with full consent of the will and a clear and total understanding of the implications of one’s choice (cf. CCC #1858). The church teaches that masturbation is “gravely disordered” (CCC #2352) as are acts of lying, stealing, etc. In the same way,...
February 2nd, 2009
The growing trend to tattoo your faith on your sleeve
...hieve the message and artistic relevance the client is looking for, which doesn’t always involve inquiring into the tattoo’s meaning. Discussion into the meaning and symbolism behind Valencia resident Jeanette Conery’s tattoo, however, was...
May 18th, 2008
I mean, we follow Jesus, but he didn't even write it; his friends did. If it was written so many years after his death by failing memories, why do we live by it? (What about the missing years?) Why do we base our beliefs on a man who 1) is like the rest of us and just wants peace, 2) was written about by other people who only told their version of the story, 3) wasn't important enough to be followed during the missing years?
...ies and are not truly concerned about the details of Jesus’ life. Instead they try to convey the meaning of Jesus. The meaning of his life and death was revealed through the kind of person he was. His actions of healing people who were sick,...
December 20th, 2007
The filmmaking brothers follow up their groundbreaking 9/11 documentary with In God's Name
...ame questionnaire. From their childhood to now how they found God or how God found them, their hope for their future and the meaning of life and the meaning of death in their civilization. How do they justify killing in the name of God? But also how...
December 6th, 2007
Reflections on God from a Spiritual Odd Couple
...e is a lived, personal one—he couldn’t quite get it and he asked two or three times the same question: how do you find meaning if you’re not looking to join God in the end? how do you find meaning in your life? And I said, I gave him the...
July 26th, 2007
The former Missouri Senator (and ordained Episcopal priest) discusses how "moral values" have polarized America
.... Religion can be extremely divisive in politics. That’s why in the United States we have championed the separation of church and state. It’s not to say church people shouldn’t be involved in politics, it’s saying the state...
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