The National Catholic Review


  • Some years back, I enrolled in a graduate seminar in Analytic Philosophy. At the start of the first class, the professor posed the question—what makes you you? What is the core of your identity? If one were to teleport you through time and space, what part of you would need to be transferred so that it would actually be you that stands at the other end of the Star Trek-like shipment? Would it have to be your DNA sequence—some sort of recipe of proteins? Would it be your feelings...

  • We gather tonight for a great purpose—and I certainly don’t mean the delivery of my remarks. Our great purpose is to launch a lecture series that will culminate in the celebration of an auspicious event: the golden anniversary of “Dei Verbum,”the Dogmatic Constitution that almost wasnt.

    It was almost something rather different, called by a radically different name.

  • James Martin, S.J., introduces readers to different ways to pray with the Bible. Here he talks about "lectio divina."

  • Amazon currently sells a 5-volume, 3,020 page (11.6 lbs.) hardcover version of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae for $198.46. Before you go out to buy the set and strive to finish reading through the double columned pages before Labor Day, it would behoove you to read Bernard McGinn’s fine introduction to the structure of the book, the man and the age that produced it, and the history of the book’s reception during the last 740 years.

  • July 21-28, 2014

    Near the end of the final book in the hugely popular Harry Potter series, the fantasy novel’s eponymous wizard hero willingly walks toward his arch foe, Lord Voldemort. Harry knows that this meeting very likely is going to bring about his own death, but he is bolstered in this lonely and terrify- ing journey by the presence of loved ones who have gone before him. Many Christian readers have found this story of the battle between good and evil, of the loving...

  • In Ezekiel 37, the prophet sees a field of dry bones that come together with sinews, flesh, and skin, yet have no life. The bones do not come to life until Ezekiel prophesies—sharing the word of God, filling them with the Spirit that gives life. Following Ezekiel’s example, in recent years the church has called upon all who serve in the church to breathe the Word of God into their work, giving these ministries new life and purpose in Jesus Christ.

  • Kerry Weber, author of "Mercy in the City," reflects on the Scriptural roots of the corporal works of mercy. View other "Living Word" videos here.

  • In the 1980s, the American short story writer Raymond Carver penned a story called “A Small, Good Thing.” It is a haunting story that includes, at once, the death of a child and an ending that illustrates the hope of companionship: the breaking of bread together. The bread served to the grieving parents becomes an instrument of reconciliation, nourishment, conversation and healing. The bread is “a small, good thing.”

  • As part of "The Living Word: Scripture in the Life of the Church," a joint project with the American Bible Society, the editors and other members of the America team have led a variety of guided reflections through the passages of Scripture:

    A Journey through Holy Week

  • May 26-June 2, 2014

    As Roman Catholics observe the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s “Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation,” it seems an appropriate time to consider ways contemporary liturgical music supports the word proclaimed and preached. Contemporary liturgical composers and lyricists have done a great service to the church by cultivating “easy access to Sacred Scripture…for all the Christian faithful” (No. 22).