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Ferguson Burns and the World Looks on

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

It is good that we are unsettled right now as Americans. It is good that this is a moment which pushes our faces into the ugliness of our national reality as it is, and that will not allow us to simply to glance away as we wish that it was otherwise.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Making It Easier to Be Good

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

It's no surprise when American bishops talk about canonizing Dorothy Day as a saint, as they've done in recent years. For me, her life embodies the heart of Christianity because of the way she constantly tried to translate her faith into good works.

The True Worth of a Higher Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.30.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Of course we expect our graduates to have earning power. But the real power we expect them to exert is the power of their moral voice, the strength of their ethical backbone, the fortitude of their daily commitment to work for improvement of the human condition.

On Being in Love: A Spiritual Challenge

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

I have committed myself to being open to love in all its forms. However love arrives at the doorstep of my heart, I try to recognize it. At least, that is my intention. It isn't always easy. Sometimes it feels challenging. Sometimes it feels exhilarating.

Prayer for a Nonviolent Life

John Dear | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
John Dear

Help me to be nonviolent to myself. Give me the grace to let go of violence, to love and accept myself, to treat myself nonviolently, to cultivate inner peace, and to dwell in your peace.

The Most Important Catholic Is..

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

I'm no theologian, but I have heard for a lifetime, from Catholic preachers and teachers of all stripes, that "the least" matter the most in the eyes of God.

A Male View Of The Female Side Of God

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

When editor Gloria Steinem invited a male to write a cover story for Ms. magazine, I was him.

Let Us Break Bread Together: Table Talk On Thursdays

Wayne Meisel | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

A year from now, let's have more than 100 congregations and other groups follow Wesley Seminary's lead and gather folks around the table for food, fellowship and conversation.

Counting U.S. Catholics: Signs Of Growth And Decline On The Road To 100 Million

David Briggs | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

There is only one U.S. religious group that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet, to hear some critics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape.

Radical, Pacifist And Catholic: Dorothy Day On The Call To Be Saints

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Leader of the Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day was a realist and she knew that people reflexively regard saints as plaster-cast paragons of perfection. But Dorothy Day also loved the saints, venerated the saints, and wrote more than once that "we are all called to be saints."

St. Dorothy Day? Bishops Push For Canonization

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) The Catholic bishops gathered here for their annual meeting couldn't agree on a statement on the economy on Tuesday morning (Nov. 13),...

Catholic Nuns, The Vatican And Straight But Crooked Lines

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.

Dorothy Day: A National Hero

Shane Claiborne | Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

Dorothy Day didn't want to be a saint, but she was named a national hero today by the President of the USA.

Translating Doctrine Into Practice: The Action-Based Spirituality of the Catholic Worker

Kok Hou Chia | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Kok Hou Chia

The Catholic Worker promoted social activism amongst Catholics through an action-oriented spirituality rooted in an ethic of poverty and the individual practice of the works of mercy.

Dorothy In Love

Robert Ellsberg | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Robert Ellsberg

So what, in the end, do these new letters reveal? They certainly confirm the deep, passionate love described in her memoir, thus underscoring the incredible sacrifice Dorothy endured for the sake of her faith.

Remembering Dorothy Day

Robert Ellsberg | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Robert Ellsberg

Dorothy was truly a saint of "common ground" -- someone who held in tension a great love for the church along with deep sufferings over its sins and failings.

Peacemaker, Hero, Father: Daniel Ellsberg

Robert Ellsberg | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
Robert Ellsberg

Many people regard my father as a hero. And he is my hero as well. But of course his impact and influence in my life go beyond the public story of protests and activism.

The Beatification Of John Paul II And The Express Canonization Protection Program

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The current pope has much to gain by expediting the canonization of his predecessor. The fanfare that accompanies canonization promises to create a useful diversion for Ratzinger.

Glenn Beck Is Right to Fear Dorothy Day

Jim O'Grady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim O'Grady

Demagogues like Coughlin and Beck use ever more shrill appeals to cause serious short-term turmoil but, in the process, turn their followers' hearts to stone. People are happier, Day believed, when they are good.

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I invited Beck to a civil and respectful conversation about the issues at stake here, but he has chosen a different path.

Will A Vow Of Poverty Fill The Void In My Soul?

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me - my soul? - is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in tou...

Today's Movement Leaders are Alive and Kicking

Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson

Prime Movers aren't simply good people doing great work. They're stirring masses of people to combat injustice, to become engaged in the civic decisions that affect their common good.