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Getting to forgiveness

Getting to forgiveness

| Liz Kelly | February 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

Some years ago, a woman told a lie about me that caused some serious harm and was tremendously painful to bear. After many months had passed, out of the blue, she sent me an email, something along the lines of, “If I hurt you, I’m sorry.” We’ve all gotten these: the non-apology apology. It was, I thought, cowardly, and did very little to repair the damage that had been done.

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Success in modern marriage

Success in modern marriage

| Kate Soucheray | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Success in modern marriage is no small feat. Experts say that a long-term marriage is any length of time over 20 or 25 years. In addition, these experts explain that the percentage of marriages that will last the lifetime of the individuals involved — so that they will find themselves with the same person in old age as the same one they married when they were young — has diminished significantly.

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To sink or to dance

To sink or to dance

| Liz Kelly | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

My friend — I’ll call her “Veronica” — goes for the spiritual jugular, so to speak. It’s almost as if she avails herself to God and says, “All right, Lord, give me the toughest assignment you’ve got. Spare me no challenge.”

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Lives of holiness in this day and age

Lives of holiness in this day and age

| Kate Soucheray | January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Holiness. What exactly is this concept in our world today? To be holy is to be saintly and devout. It is to be pious, pure and faithful. When we think of being holy in our current culture, it might seem nearly impossible.

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Breaking into the ordinary

Breaking into the ordinary

| Liz Kelly | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I was a child, I loved most the wise men of our nativity set for their grandeur and color and elegance, and for the numinous gifts they brought to the Infant King. They were mysterious royalty from a far-off land who somehow possessed secret knowledge of the Savior’s birth, and I was sure their lives were full of intrigue and adventure.

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To ‘listen’ one another

To ‘listen’ one another

| Liz Kelly | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

There’s a quote I keep in my office from Douglas Steere, the Quaker, and I read it before every meeting I have, especially with spiritual directees. He writes, “To ‘listen’ another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another.”

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The least religious generation in U.S. history

The least religious generation in U.S. history

| Bishop Robert Barron | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jean Twenge’s book iGen is one of the most fascinating — and depressing — texts I’ve read in the past decade. A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Twenge has been, for years, studying trends among young Americans, and her most recent book focuses on the generation born between 1995 and 2012. Since this is the first cohort of young people who have never known a world without iPads and iPhones, and since these devices have remarkably shaped their consciousness and behavior, Twenge naturally enough has dubbed them the “iGen.”

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Money in his bank

Money in his bank

| Liz Kelly | October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

My first job out of university was working as a teller in a bank. I was singing a lot on the weekends and working on my writing, but I needed a regular income, too. My mom had suggested I apply at a bank. She thought it might be useful for me to learn a bit more about how money works, and to that end — bless her heart — she was right.

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What is happening at Mass?

What is happening at Mass?

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the twentieth century, the Council Fathers called for a fuller, more conscious, and more active participation in the liturgy on the part of Catholics.

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‘Mother!’ and the God of the Bible

‘Mother!’ and the God of the Bible

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, “Mother!,” has certainly stirred up a storm — and no wonder. It features murder, point-blank executions, incinerations, and the killing and devouring of a child. I know: a pleasant evening at the movies. “Mother!” will seem just deeply weird unless you see it as a fairly straightforward allegory. Once you crack the code, it will make a certain sense, though the message it is trying to convey is, at best, pretty ambiguous.

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Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the 17th-century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of Jesus and was known, even as a young man, as a person of deep intelligence and piety.

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Yoked, not burdened

Yoked, not burdened

| Liz Kelly | September 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Some years ago I developed this little habit when traveling alone: When boarding an airplane or a train, I would ask the Lord to give me the least desirable seat, the one no one else wanted, next to the crying baby, for example. I cannot count how many times I have been seated next to a young mother traveling with a small child.

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