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Tom Evans' sonMichael Pakaluk

There is a great, old tradition in Catholicism of celebrating a Requiem Mass about one month after someone's passing, the "Month's Mind." Since Alfie Evans died on April 28, we can fittingly remember ...

On Suicide and DespairFather Ron Rolheiser

For centuries, suicide was considered as an act of despair and despair itself was seen as the most grievous sin of all. In many religious circles, despair was seen as the most sinful of all acts and ...

The need for apologiesEffie Caldarola

When former first lady Barbara Bush died recently, memories of her good qualities abounded. In a culture where females are pressured to think a face-lift is just a matter of time and slimness is non-negotiable, ...

Protest, Sanity, and a Christian ResponseFather Ron Rolheiser

Dreaming is sometimes the most realistic thing we can do. Or, is there still something else we might do, like public protest, or something else? In his book on prophecy, Commandments for the Long Haul, ...

Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in a Secular AgeFather Ron Rolheiser

Cardinal Francis George was once asked what he thought of the radical pacifism of people like Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan, prophetic figures who believed in absolute nonviolence. How can this be practical, ...

The Shortcomings of a Digital ImmigrantFather Ron Rolheiser

Information technology and social media aren't my mother tongue. I'm a digital immigrant. I wasn't born into the world of information technology but migrated into it, piece-meal. I first lived in some ...

Moral OutrageFather Ron Rolheiser

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it's everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth. We live in a world awash in moral outrage. Everywhere ...

He rose again from the deadMichael Pakaluk

I want to change how you think about the Resurrection by asking you to imagine it in a new way. You need to use your imagination, not in the sense of thinking of some fable which never existed, but in ...

When Time Stands StillFather Ron Rolheiser

The theory of relativity tells us that space and time are not what they appear to be. They're relative, meaning that don't always function in the same way and they aren't always experienced in the same ...

Putting God on TrialFather Ron Rolheiser

In both our piety and our agnosticism, we sometimes put God on trial and whenever we do that, it's we who end up being judged. We see that in the Gospel accounts of the trial of Jesus, particularly in ...