The National Catholic Review


  • Beginning in December with Jim Martin’s book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, the Catholic Book Club at America will read and discuss recently published books on the person of Jesus Christ. The Book Club will consider a wide spectrum of perspectives that speculate on the historical Jesus in light of Scripture. We will discuss the following books:

  • Peter Schineller, S.J., explains why are we called to be Jesus' hands, heart, feet and ears in this world.

  • February 2, 2015

    I have cringed every time—during 45 years of studying and teaching Scripture in Catholic universities and dioceses—I heard Scripture being quoted out of context and used in support of any number of opposing positions. The Bible has been dragged into arguments to justify war and to argue for pacifism, to support slavery and to oppose it, to keep women “in their place” and to insist on their liberation, and most recently to support government programs...

  • Father George Witt, the pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, shares his approach to preaching on Scripture.

  • A reflection on Christmas drawing from Isaiah, Luke and other readings used during the midnight Mass, from Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.

  • Imagination is a powerful and creative human faculty. Ancient thinkers likened the imagination to a wax tablet. It is malleable. One’s experience can press upon the imagination and engender imprints, which one can shape further in reflection. Within our own tradition, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius represent a guide for Catholic Christians to meet God, particularly in the events of the life of Christ, in and through their imagination.

  • What is the word of God, and how do we hear it? That question comes round again and again in many Christian circles. Five years ago I was privileged to be the Anglican observer at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, where the subject was “The Word of God.” It quickly became clear that some people were using the phrase “the word of God” to refer to the Bible, while others used it to mean “the Bible and the tradition,” and still others wanted it to mean “the Bible, the tradition, and the magisterium...

  • Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., explains the Immaculate Conception and other Catholic teachings on Mary, the mother of God, and reflects on what an authentic revival of Marian piety and devotion might look like.

  • Father Paul Farren talks about the beautiful image of God we encounter in the story of the Prodigal Son.

  • Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., of Salt and Light TV, talks about the many references to "the prince of this world" in the writings of Pope Francis.