Joan Chittister is a committed member of a small Benedictine community in Erie, Pennsylvania and a global activist. She is an influential, sometimes uncomfortable voice in her beloved Roman Catholic Church — a hero to some, a heretic to others. She is guided in all of this, she says, by her vow of obedience.
Eboo Patel is supremely articulate on the futility of imagining that religion will somehow disappear. On the contrary, he says it will continue to play a robust role in every aspect of human endeavor.
To say that the people of L’Arche are “happy” is too simple. Here is the truth I experienced: spending ordinary time with them is like spending time with family at its best. I’ve rarely been in a place where there was so much laughter and where the rhythm of life included such real joy in that deceptive phrase “the simple things of life.” Joy comes through palpably in this hour of radio.
Several readers took exception last week to my assertion that “we” all threw litter out of our cars in recent history, a bad habit which Lady Bird Johnson helped us kick. As I am not proud to repeat, I really did. I grew up in Oklahoma, and there as in Johnson’s native Texas, an anti-littering […]
A conversation on marriage, divorce, and family that avoids extremes of moral pronouncement or moral permissiveness, and instead frankly explores the virtues and failings of intimate human relationship.
Mariane Pearl is a refreshing and bracing model for living the questions in the world we now inhabit. She is a survivor who has salvaged wisdom from the front lines of the war on terror.