History — in all its complex, commensurate beauty and suffering — matters less and less, and our intellectual horizons narrow. The past becomes a void, a nothingness. We slowly regress to what St. Paul called “the times of ignorance” (Acts 17:30-31); ignorance in large part because people forget their origin.
The poor must be not only validated as created in the image of God but individualized as each carrying their own unique talents, and, conversely, needs.
On this Independence Day, Christians should consider which political vision is more in tune with the moral teachings of Christ. I think especially of the Good Samaritan, whose sense of kinship extended beyond his own religious community to all humanity, even his natural enemies.
My wife and I, in our own very small way, have come to appreciate the unforeseen opportunity — and duty— of influencing others’ happiness as it relates to their economic and social well-being.
As Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J. declared, “science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wide world, a world in which both can flourish.”
An essential characteristic of art is that it can elicit such different responses and emotions from those it touches.
Love is powerful precisely because it doesn’t choose the saner or safer route. It suffers and it sacrifices.
Two Pakistani teenagers acting as pallbearers at a Thai Catholic’s funeral reveal what has been done to Pakistani Christians in their home country, and what is now not being done for them by the West, writes Casey Chalk.
The claims that Islam is a religion of peace and that it is inherently violent both depend on a wrong-headed belief imported from Protestant theology, the belief in the perspicuity of its sacred writings, argues Casey Chalk.
Almost all of grunge rocks major figures suffered from their parents’ divorces, writes Casey Chalk. This helps explain their songs’ despondency, disconnection, and isolation.