Tag: Catholic

Photo of a phone saying "Stop Complaining." Photo by Omar Prestwich
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August 17, 2017

Can the occasional cathartic rant lead to healing? The virtue of letting our frustrations be heard — from Russian novels and the Book of Job to a Catholic women’s “pray and bitch” prayer group.

John Thompson, a friend and former colleague of Philando Castile, is embraced after speaking on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol building on June 16, 2017 in St Paul, Minnesota. Protests erupted in Minnesota after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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June 24, 2017

Our editor in chief turns to other sources for understanding and pondering: brain science on why our brains are wired for hate, African-American spirituals as a monument to our nation’s history and resilience, and focusing our attention on what really matters.

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March 11, 2017

Interrogating our anger, honoring our elders, facing the truth of life’s fragility, and helpful new discussion guides for Becoming Wise — the best of what’s engaging our minds and spirits these days.

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January 7, 2015

There are few more influential writers than the Trappist monk Thomas Merton. His writings continue to inspire, mentor, and impact new generations of readers. Our columnist Parker Palmer remembers when he first met Merton’s words and how they continue to shape him today.

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December 28, 2014

Thomas Merton is one of those monastics who continues to inspire so many. Here, the Jesuit Jim Martin reads one of his favorite passages from his book, Thoughts in Solitude.

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December 21, 2014

Darkness draws out our deep-down depths. And, in the northern hemisphere, December’s darkness invites us inward. A lesson in wonder, an elegy for light, and a call to pay attention for the unbroken darkness of a December night.

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July 10, 2014

Flannery O’Connor’s prayer journal offers a rare glimpse into the life of a brilliant writer, colored by doubt and uncertainty, preoccupied with both magnificent grace and the mundane absurdity of everyday life.

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October 20, 2013

On the first Sunday of October, pet owners flock to an unlikely place: their local churches. Across the U.S., dogs, cats, hamsters, and even birds gather to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis, otherwise known as “the blessing of the animals.”

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September 21, 2013

Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered “liberal” simply because he doesn’t fit into “conservative” categories.

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April 6, 2012

The Thursday of Holy Week (the week before Easter) has special meaning for Christians. Often referred to as Holy Thursday or…

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February 22, 2010

The administrative dashboard for SOF Observed allows us to see who has liked and reblogged our posts within the Tumblr…

Padraig O Tuama with ashes on his forehead celebrating Ash Wednesday.
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February 19, 2010

Reflections from Belfast on the opportunity of Ash Wednesday: “Lent is less for giving up, and more for making space.”

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June 24, 2009

After one works on this show a while, you hear a particular statement or example given by one of Krista’s…

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October 14, 2008

A few times when I was in elementary school, my mom took me out of school to go to the…

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May 12, 2008

Spring has finally arrived in the upper Midwest. And it’s about time because Andy (the new associate Web producer) and…

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April 23, 2008

While we collect stories, a recommendation of a new spiritual memoir.

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January 29, 2008

Tom Stoppard’s new play “Rock-n-Roll” is getting mixed reviews here, but tickets are scarce, so I was thrilled when my…