Everyone talks about “listening” and “dialogue,” but we need to do more than listen. That can mean something no more transforming than “sharing.”
What was it like to be Omar? Was he happy in his own way? Did life offer him pleasures with his pains, or did he wake every day hoping just to get through? To die? What had he suffered? What had he lost?
Sometimes we need a moral or spiritual slap, but not very often, and then only from someone of whose love for us we’re sure. Little in what the pope’s many “correctors” say indicates that they have reflected on this.
In the days after the tree fell, some Christian friends told me the way it fell was Providential. “God is watching over you,” they said. That kind of talk tidies up a great and painful mystery. Was he watching over me and not over my friend that day? Has he been watching over me since childhood and not giving her a second glance?
“No, they’ve got him writing books defending Catholic doctrines he doesn’t believe in. The idea is he’ll eventually twig.
Real Catholic social good is something to be worked out. It is something much more likely to be worked if the Church includes a serious leftwing voice.
There’s too little gratitude in the world, and David Mills announces a new series titled “Mentors and Heroes,” in which readers can share their gratitude for people who formed and helped them.
Very little that people can say can make you feel better when you watch someone you love suffer, David Mills notes from his own experience, but the Mass can make you happy.
You’re not “an Easter person,” writes David Mills. You’re a person who will have more Good Fridays, and they will hurt.
Some Christians see that religions, including ours, decline because they deserve to, writes David Mills in this week’s editorial. That is a dangerous half-truth.