An assignment to write a feature on male spirituality overlaps with a serious medical diagnosis, surgery, and an unexpected awakening.
It was more than a year ago when I got the call from U.S. Catholic asking me if I’d be interested in doing a feature article on male spirituality (“Man up,” March 2015). I jumped at the chance. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated about the mysteries of God and existence. It’s driven me past listening to sermons in the pew to periodic spurts of reading and meditation.
The Catholic Church has long had a major role in providing care to the sick. But what does Catholic identity look like on the new frontiers of modern health care?
Have yourself a merry little Christmas--but don't let Advent pass you by.
Advent is here, and the countdown to Christmas is on. But don't get too hung up on planning for December 25--the four weeks leading up to Christ's birth (and the days after it) are just as important. If you're having some trouble blocking out the holiday madness and settling down for some Advent reflection, here are some essays, blogs, and other resources to help you get in the spirit.
Nothing can compel us to practice hope, that most fragile of virtues. We can only be inspired.
Many years ago, in a period of my life when I was feeling particularly lonely, dissatisfied with my work, and uncertain about the future, I found myself thinking a great deal about the story of Lazarus. Instead of drawing hope from Lazarus’ triumphant rise from the dead, I felt no great solace. In fact, much the opposite.
Planes, trains, and automobiles may come in handy while seeking God in far-off places, or even close to home. Here are five spiritual detours to satisfy a restless heart.
Millennials are obsessed with authenticity. We have been raised to explore who we are and to be that person. That might be why we can’t pass up the latest Buzzfeed quiz, whether it will tell us where we should live, what career we should have, or which Christian saint or pretty little liar we most resemble. And if authenticity is the cardinal virtue of the millennial generation, hypocrisy might be the considered the ugliest vice.
As pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Washington, Msgr. Ray East knows what it takes to create a welcoming, enthusiastic parish. And, as the parish has a large African American membership, East also knows how much black spirituality can contribute to the life of the community.
In these excerpts from an interview we conducted with him for our March 2014 issue, East discusses the life of the black Catholic Church and what we all can gain from it.
Students of Pope Francis summarize his agenda with the phrase “pastoral conversion.” Lent is an especially suitable time to think and pray about conversion. But what is pastoral conversion?
An important lesson that I learned about Lent actually came from a Jewish friend. While working at Purdue University, I served under Dr. Robert Ringel, a devout man who approached his religious observances with deep care. In the first year that I worked for him, he came into my office to seek forgiveness for any wrong he may have done me. This was part of his preparation for Yom Kippur, a high holy day for the Jewish people and a day of atonement for sins against God and his people.