Category: Feature

What have the Saracens ever done for us? (Part 2)

Author’s note: Just a reminder that as I stated in Part 1, my investigation into the Islamic heritage of the area where I live in southeast Spain is a personal journey by a non-expert. I was bemused by one Twitter...

What have the Saracens ever done for us? (Part 2)

The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 5

“World Gone Bonkers” In 2020 I wrote a series of articles looking at Marian apocalypticism and some of the forms it takes today in the Church. Here, I am offering a new addition to this series by examining a figure...

The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 5

Pope Francis reflects on the Jesuit life

Today (December 17) is Pope Francis’s 85th birthday, and yesterday we received the gift of the transcript of his December 4 discussion with the Jesuit community in Greece. It has become customary for Pope Francis to meet privately with the...

Pope Francis reflects on the Jesuit life

Return to the Sources

Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in “Combat For Contemplative Life,” a series about the responses — inside and outside the cloister — to Pope Francis’s reforms for women religious in contemplative communities. Part one, by Mike Lewis, “A...

Return to the Sources

Christmas Wonder and Awe

Everything this time of year seems big—and full of wonder, awe, and beauty, too. The lighting of the Christmas trees in our town squares, or at the White House or Rockefeller Center. Parking lots full of cars and stores full...

Christmas Wonder and Awe

Advent: Remembering Our Past and Moving Forward

Two weeks into Advent and the oft-repeated words of George Santayana are—again—coming true. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!”. While the Scriptures continuously reinforce the theme the preparation—“The days are coming” (Jeremiah 33), “Be vigilant”...

Advent: Remembering Our Past and Moving Forward

What have the Saracens ever done for us?

In an oft-quoted scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian—a film parody of Hollywood biblical epics—some Judaean dissidents, during the interval in a Roman circus in first-century Jerusalem, discuss their imperial occupiers. They pose the political question, “What have the...

What have the Saracens ever done for us?

Pope Francis on Evangelization and Christian Unity

As many of our readers know, Pope Francis has been in the middle of an Apostolic Visitation to Greece and Cyprus. I apologize for not discussing it here sooner, but I finally got caught up on his speeches and homilies...

Pope Francis on Evangelization and Christian Unity

Want to understand synodality? Look to Africa

In the week following the USCCB’s General Assembly in Baltimore, during which the bishops promoted their “Eucharistic Revival” and finally passed their long-anticipated and much-debated document on Eucharistic coherence, the Latin American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM) held an unprecedented ecclesial assembly...

Want to understand synodality? Look to Africa

Which Path to Follow?

Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in “Combat For Contemplative Life,” a series about the responses — inside and outside the cloister — to Pope Francis’s reforms of the contemplative life for women in various communities. Part one, by...

Which Path to Follow?

Advent is a Season of “Hoping With”

My very liturgically-minded husband strongly believes—and advocates for—the correct implementation of the Advent season. It starts with no decorations before December 17 (that’s when the “O Antiphons” begin.) It continues with observing the emphases of the two foci of Advent’s...

Advent is a Season of “Hoping With”