Focus

  • The Spirit of the God who’s near

    May 15, 2015

    How will the 21st-century’s early decades be remembered at the turn of the next one? Pope Francis apparently hopes our times might be remembered for refocusing human attention on God’s presence in the world.

  • Man’s Greed

    May 15, 2015

    God fashioned man out of earth

  • Evolution’s ultimate wisdom

    May 15, 2015

    Evolution, Charles Darwin famously stated, works through the survival of the fittest.

  • Liberation theology’s founder basks in a belated rehabilitation under Pope Francis

    May 15, 2015

    It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome.

  • What’s unprecedented about Pope Francis’ Year for Mercy

    May 15, 2015

    In tune with his knack for making history, Pope Francis' Year for Mercy will include things no other jubilee has: worldwide “missionaries of mercy,” and “holy doors” in every diocese for pilgrims to walk through.

  • Food for Thought

    May 07, 2015

    The original Pentecost of Christianity is said to have coincided with the Jewish feast called Shavuot. It marked the celebration of the “first fruits” of the harvest.

  • At Pentecost, a lesson about paying attention

    May 07, 2015

    Pentecost is about paying attention. That became clear to me on a recent family visit to an art exhibit featuring works by some of the great Italian masters (Bellini, Titian, Botticelli and more). None of it involved the celebration of Pentecost.

  • Gift of the Spirit: Courage for the journey

    May 07, 2015

    Decision-making can be frightening. After all, big decisions can alter the course of people’s lives — for the better or, for the worse. So it takes strength, and even courage, to make decisions on matters of consequence.

  • U.N. head looks to religions for 'moral leadership' on climate change

    May 07, 2015

    Promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change will take more than just global policies and agreements, it will also take a strong, unified stance from the world's religions, the secretary-general of the United Nations said at the Vatican.

  • Praying for those not of this fold – an open letter to roman catholic bishops

    May 07, 2015

    First, we should pray explicitly for other Christian Churches during our Eucharist Prayer because Jesus did. In John’s Gospel, Jesus prays explicitly for those who hold the same faith but are separated, for whatever reason, from the community to whom is speaking at that moment.