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Asceticism

Pope Francis Declares Jubilee Year for the First Pope Who Quit

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

This Jubilee Year, already begun, is in honor of a pope who quit. Not Pope Benedict XVI. We're talking about the first and only pope who willingly and on his accord stepped down from the papal throne before Benedict did in February 2013.

A Visit To The Mount Athos Of America

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

The rhythm of the chanting and prayers produced a transcendent state that erased discomfort. After a while, I almost forgot that I had legs. The sensation was a little bit like floating.

So What If Jesus Had A Wife?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Is it true? Is it a fake? Should we care? If Jesus was married, would it overturn the patriarchy that for 2,000 years kept women out of ordained leadership? Would it allow men to be married and ordained in the Catholic Church?

Filmmaker Seeks Answers In Simone Weil

Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion

By Jamie L. Manson National Catholic Reporter "What response does seeing human suffering demand of us?" This question, which opens the new docu...

Mansur Hallaj: The Sufi's Willful Erosion Of Self

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

For some, Mansur al-Hallaj was a magician, a heretic and a lunatic, who publicly claimed to be one with the One and deserved to be executed for heresy. But to his sympathizers he was a Sufi saint, who was martyred 1,100 years ago for his ecstatic utterance.

The Compelling Spiritual Discipline Of Asceticism

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

Spiritual training and obedience to a life of faith still exists today, so many centuries later, and its core themes crop up once more in the growing popularity of meditation and prayer