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FAITH ALIVE: Looking anew at the realities of suffering
A Mozambican refugee walks toward his mother in Mwanza, Malawi, Feb. 7, 2016, after arriving at a makeshift camp to escape violence at home. Christians take the pain of suffering most seriously. The crucifix behind or above the altar in a Catholic church vividly reminds believers that Christ suffered an utterly painful death on a cross. CNS photo/Erico Waga, EPA
A Mozambican refugee walks toward his mother in Mwanza, Malawi, Feb. 7, 2016, after arriving at a makeshift camp to escape violence at home. Christians take the pain of suffering most seriously. The crucifix behind or above the altar in a Catholic church vividly reminds believers that Christ suffered an utterly painful death on a cross. CNS photo/Erico Waga, EPA
Profound suffering, like a howling wind sweeping over and around people, is a force to contend with. It shakes people, knocks them off balance and causes them to feel uncertain what to do or which way to turn. More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017

FAITH ALIVE: The Role of the Laity
Do you know any wife and husband who hold identical views on every practical concern in their lives together? More ...
Friday, July 7, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Do we look forward to the life of the world to come?
Heaven is so hard to imagine! For heaven is to such a great extent unknown to us. More ...
Friday, June 30, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Keeping faith in the Summertime

My family missed Mass a few weeks ago. It doesn't happen often, so my youngest looked genuinely confused when I told him we weren't going.

"Like at all?" he asked.

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Friday, June 23, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: The extraordinary mission of ordinary Catholics
Recently, I had an encounter with a fellow traveler at a restaurant. We made small talk for a few minutes and then started to talk about family life. More ...
Friday, June 16, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: What is spiritual direction?
Have you ever sat down for coffee with a good friend and found yourself sharing a problem with her? This friend is a good listener and suddenly you find her showing you your own problem, perhaps in your own words, but in a new light. More ...
Friday, June 9, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: How can fatherhood possibly be a vocation?
I am the same father today that I was 44 years ago when my parenthood journey began. Yet, paradoxically, I am not the same. Fatherhood changed me! More ...
Friday, June 2, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: How do we understand mysticism today?
In the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome stands what art critics believe to be one of the great masterpieces of the Baroque era: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. More ...
Friday, May 26, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: A spirituality of work
"Spirituality of work" is a phrase that sometimes elicits a bemused reaction. After all, putting together words with such divergent meanings might seem nonsensical, unless we take a closer look: More ...
Friday, May 19, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Listening, not lecturing: Pope Francis and young people
Pope Francis hasn't shied away from talking about his own mortality in recent months -- and perhaps that's the reason he's increased his focus on young people over the past year. More ...
Friday, May 12, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: A Catholic take on food culture
Probably no one has expressed the place of food in life better than American writer and gastronome Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher. More ...
Friday, May 5, 2017



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