Lent: Silence is Nowhere; Silence is Everywhere

By Cassidy Hall On the days when I can’t find a break or a simple pause, saying to myself, “Silence is everywhere” would throw me into a quick rage. But, on days like today—days where I am filled by every moment in-between, days when each gaze out the window creates a renewal—I can acknowledge thatContinue reading “Lent: Silence is Nowhere; Silence is Everywhere”

Evolution and Magnalia Dei

By John W. Farrell             In the years since I first started writing about human evolution and the Church, there’s been an encouraging growth in the desire of Catholics to grapple with the challenges posed to some of the classical Christian doctrines by the science of evolution. The most important one remains the doctrine ofContinue reading “Evolution and Magnalia Dei”

Dark Devotional: For the Place Whereon Thou Standest Is Holy Ground

By Irim Sarwar I am writing this on Purim, the Jewish festival celebrating Queen Esther saving the Jewish people from Haman’s attempt to annihilate them. This is a day of great celebration, a day in which things are turned upside down —Haman, who had tried to destroy the Jews, unwittingly became the cause of theirContinue reading “Dark Devotional: For the Place Whereon Thou Standest Is Holy Ground”

For Lent, God is Taking My Breath Away

When Ash Wednesday arrived, I felt downright guilty for not having a smudge on my forehead—but I also couldn’t bear the thought of a liturgical service. The “break-up” is too fresh. So instead I enjoyed the tulips I’d bought a few days before to commemorate my late father’s birthday. They were saggy when I first brought them home, but on Wednesday they stood straight up, red-and-yellow sentinels attesting to the goodness of God. Oh, I remembered that I’m dust. I remember it every day. But at least I was able to honor the beauty around me as I slowly return to ash.

Dark Devotional: Suffering, Happy Cats, and Packing Peanuts

by Michelle Arnold While [Jesus] was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem (Luke 9:29–31). A friend of mine likes to tellContinue reading “Dark Devotional: Suffering, Happy Cats, and Packing Peanuts”

Christlike Unsuccess

By Fr. Stephanos Pedrano, O.S.B. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I’ve awakened each morning wondering if a World War III began while I was asleep. I want the success of every effort to achieve peace, wisdom, justice, balance, freedom, and humanitarian welfare. And in the Gospel reading this last Sunday, the devil offered Jesus differentContinue reading “Christlike Unsuccess”

Welcome to “The Brood.”

Reflections on relationships and spirituality from a philosopher and a madwoman. By Holly Mohr and Theresa Weiler brood /bro͞od/ noun a family of young animals, especially of a bird, produced at one hatching or birth. “a brood of chicks” Similar: offspring, young, progeny, spawn, family, hatch, clutch, nest, litter, progeniture verb to think deeply aboutContinue reading “Welcome to “The Brood.””

Dark Devotional: Into the Lenten Desert

By Irim Sarwar There’s little doubt that Grumpy Cat could be considered my feline kindred spirit, especially if anyone has heard my delicate opinions on anyone from the stiff high church my-rubrics-are-better-than-your-rubrics “More lace is grace” crowd to the oft zealous bonhomie and non-ritual of many a low megachurch. Few have escaped my lifelong tendencyContinue reading “Dark Devotional: Into the Lenten Desert”