• Children by grace, not nature: Adoption and Christianity

    Children by grace, not nature: Adoption and Christianity

    • May 5, 2017

    In our culture today we may too easily start to think that it’s imperative to have children who are biologically “our own” – as if children were ever simply ours. We all need to be reminded that our biological children are not simply our own. They are gifts, given into our care. The fact of adoption should teach those of us who are parents of biologically related children what being a parent actually means.

  • What the world needs is more prayer

    • May 2, 2017

    In an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, Anthony L. Lilles – author of “Fire from Above,” and academic dean of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – talks about the deeper life of prayer. Among other things, she says that when God comes to us in prayer and reveals the immensity of His love, it’s the finest moment in our lives, and one minute in this kind of prayer does more good in the world than anything else we can do.

  • Catholic leader calls Trump healthcare plan ‘unconscionable’

    Catholic leader calls Trump healthcare plan ‘unconscionable’

    • May 2, 2017

    Sister Carol Keehan of the Catholic Health Association says a proposal by President Donald Trump to overhaul the health care reform enacted under Obama amounts to an “unconscionable” transfer of $880 billion from the poor to the rich. She also says she has no idea what Trump’s team may do about the contraception mandates that were part of the Obama measure.

  • Jim Caviezel talks about his Catholic faith and John Paul II

    Jim Caviezel talks about his Catholic faith and John Paul II

    • May 1, 2017

    Jim Caviezel is best known for playing Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ.” Most recently, he he played John Reese on the CBS series “Person of Interest.” He says St. John Paul II, and his 1999 Letter to Artists, had a great influence on his artistic career.

  • The ‘Benedict Option’ is not enough

    The ‘Benedict Option’ is not enough

    • Apr 26, 2017

    Theologian Michael Baxter offers a critique of “The Benedict Option,” in which writer Rod Dreher proposes Christians withdraw from political life in America. Baxter says Dreher is right to seek a more robust form of Christian commitment shaping how we live, but has a flawed understanding of how “Christian” the United States has been in the past.

  • Hurting in the Church: An honest look at human realities

    Hurting in the Church: An honest look at human realities

    • Apr 24, 2017

    In his new book ‘Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics,’ Father Thomas Berg says he wants priests to listen to the experiences of hurting Catholics. He says the book is an invitation to a kind of Church-wide self-examination: Where have we failed in charity? Why is our day-to-day, interpersonal living of that Christ-like gift of self, agape-love, so languid at times, so passive, so anemic?