Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life
Perhaps it's only when we let go of who and what our loved one was that we can receive who they are now.
I've never knowingly visited purgatory or fairy land, but I have set foot in a few small places that, once entered, prove to be larger.
What goes on in the mind of a leader who tires of building consensus and just strives to get things done?
On Ash Wednesday, as we remember our sins and ask to be forgiven, let's also remember what we love and ask to love it more.
The New Testament offers two compelling models for our relationship with money. When translated into a vision for a whole society, each is flawed.
It’s been 100 years since your birth and almost 75 since you entered the abbey. You died with your story unfinished.
Everyone is ready to bow a knee at the mention of Bonhoeffer’s name. Precious few of us have even heard of Ralph Hamburger.
In the 12th century, a Benedictine nun had a vision of Jesus’ humanity. It couldn’t have happened on a better night.
Social microhistories can capture big ideas. I’d like to write one on pickles, which are as fundamental to civilization as anything in Chesterton’s pockets.
The collar says something to parishioner and stranger alike: while this doesn’t have to be the most important conversation of your life, it can be.
There is a black lab—a student's guide dog—lying on the floor during chapel. As I preach, I wonder what the dog is thinking.
I can see my dad's manuscript: the title centered in caps, the body double-spaced and marked up by hand. But I can't remember the words.
"Let it all out," I said. What came out was this: "I hate that man for having what I don't have. Why can't I smile with that kind of joy?"
Psychologists describe a "middle knowledge" of the reality of death. How much of this knowledge is good for us?
Stephanie Paulsell teaches at Harvard Divinity School.
Carol Zaleski is professor of world religions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Learning to Dream Again.
M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Pastor as Minor Poet.
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