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Rev. John Dear: Daniel Berrigan and his fearless nonviolence, at 100

Five years since his death and 100 since his birth, legendary priest, author, poet and activist Daniel Berrigan continues to offer wisdom and insight on living a life of creative nonviolence.

May 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Via Dolorosa

In the coastal Mediterranean city of Málaga, home to one of Holy Week’s most historic and famed celebrations, processions feature massive thrones intricately adorned with Christian imagery.

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Good Friday, Fernhill Dump

Standing, a girl-boy, on the junked car in the dump,
some other kids across the dump standing on their cars

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Chard deNiord: Lizard, An Exegesis as Love Letter

So when you woke, there I was in my Sunday best as a funny little guy with a complex tongue and stunted legs who spoke the double truth.

April 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: Grace Given As Grace Received

Of all the besetting sins of an increasingly narcissistic age of emptiness and brokenness, the failure to love oneself may be a root sin that is perpetuated down the cycles of the generations.

March 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Charles Davidson: Bannocks (Loaves) of Bread

Fifty-five years ago, I spent a memorable week on the tiny island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland, the site to which St. Columba came from Ireland in A.D. 563, to inaugurate the Christian mission to northern Britain.

December 25, 2020 · 10 Comments

Liz Theoharis: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America

The gospel doesn’t talk about the inevitability of poverty or the need for charity, but the responsibilities of the ruling authorities to all people and the possibility of abundance for all.

October 1, 2020 · 9 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Swear to God

I’ll strive to focus on what I want rather than what I don’t want by holding the vision of a kinder, gentler leader and nation in my heart.

September 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael T. Young: The Gift

I’m rocked into fields
of a lyrical witness, history rolls over
glittering in sunlight

December 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubén G. Mendoza: A sacred light in the darkness

On Saturday, Dec. 21, nations in the Northern Hemisphere will mark the winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year. For thousands of years people have marked this event with rituals and celebrations to signal the rebirth of the sun and its victory over darkness.

December 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: From Blue Mountain Ridges to Desert Sand Concentration Camps

North Carolina Pastor Kim Wells charges her congregation to take action against the government’s abuse of children on the border.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jessica Corbett: ‘Literally What Jesus Told People to Do’– In Arizona Possible Prison Time for Leaving Food and Water for Migrants

“If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?” Four women were found guilty of misdemeanors and are facing … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: The Work of True Freedom

I recently moved back to Arizona, the state where I was raised, from California, to help my mother take care of my father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. My … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · 10 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Why Some Jews “Do” Christmas and Some Christians Don’t Follow Their Messiah

  My Jewish friends send Christmas cards. They decorate Christmas trees and exchange gifts. They bake Christmas cookies. They even attend midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. When asked why, their … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

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