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The time that Jesus called someone a dogMichael Pakaluk

It's a difficult passage -- when Jesus in an exchange with "the Syrophoenecian woman" calls her a dog. How can we make sense of it? Both Mark (7:24-30) and Matthew (15:21-28) tell the story. Thus one ...

When is our Life Fulfilled?Father Ron Rolheiser

When is our life fulfilled? At what point in our lives do we say: "That's it! That's the climax! Nothing I can do from now on will outdo this. I've given what I have to give." When can we say this? After ...

Faith and LevityFather Ron Rolheiser

Shusaku Endo, the Japanese author of the classic novel, Silence (upon which Martin Scorsese based his movie) was a Catholic who didn't always find his native land, Japan, sympathetic to his faith. He ...

Beyond Criticism and Anger -- The Invitation to a Deeper EmpathyFather Ron Rolheiser

Recently I attended a symposium where the keynote speaker was a man exactly my age. Since we had both lived through the same cultural and religious changes in our lives, I resonated with much of what ...

The desolateness, and fairness, of the moonMichael Pakaluk

As the 50 year anniversary of the first moon walk approaches, it's not too early to begin reflecting upon the moon. Hollywood, our culture's Baptist, has already sent a movie as a forerunner, "First Man." But ...

The Search for an IndubitableFather Ron Rolheiser

In a book, 12 Rules for Life -- An Antidote to Chaos, that's justifiably making waves in many circles today, Jordan Peterson shares about his own journey towards truth and meaning. Here's that story: At ...

'We recommit our Church in Boston to work for healing'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Following are the edited prepared remarks of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's address to 1,700 guests at the Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner in Boston, Sept. 18. Last Saturday I gathered with hundreds ...

The sex abuse crisis and Church teachingMichael Pakaluk

Every one of us struggles and is weak; but what matters is how we deal with our weakness. Let's take something trivial and therefore inoffensive. Consider the principle, "Do not eat between meals." (It ...

Chastity and LoveFather Ron Rolheiser

Woe to chastity that is not practiced out of love, but woe to love that excludes chastity. These are the words of Benoit Standaert, a Benedictine monk, and I believe they can be profitably read in our ...

An Ode to the ChurchFather Ron Rolheiser

Carlo Carretto was an Italian monk who died in 1988. For many years he lived as a hermit in the Sahara Desert, translated the scriptures into the Tuareg language, and from the solitude of the desert wrote ...