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  • In most every Jesuit community around the world, the weight of thousands of books puts great stress on the structural supports of the building where the community lives. Most Jesuits have or hoard many books. Concomitant with these personal libraries there is always a bookcase of books that are up for grabs. Inevitably among the shelves of these books one will find a copy of the Japanese novel Silence .

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  • Popular culture identifies “bro culture” as the antics of “Animal House” commingled with ESPN, Crossfit, Lacrosse, Vineyard Vines and any image or behavior that coheres with Rob Gronkowski and the GQ style section. Bro culture envelops male college life, frat life and the years after college as males strive to win corporate jobs that will ensure wealth and access as they move into middle age. Bro culture prizes risk, strength, getting away with breaking the rules and, undoubtedly, involves...

  • En el reciente e innovador documento del Papa Francisco “Amoris Laetitia” (“La alegría del amor”) le pide a la Iglesia que vaya al encuentro de la gente allí donde esté, que tenga en cuenta las complejidades de su vida y que respete la conciencia de cada uno cuando se trate de decisiones morales. Esta exhortación apostólica es, ante todo, un documento que pretende reflexionar sobre la vida familiar y que desea dar aliento a las familias. Pero incluye también la advertencia del Papa de que la...

  • I have heard it once said that the trajectory of our human lives resembles the cycle of the liturgical year. There are times filled with expectation, joy and hope (Christmas); there are times filled with hyper-awareness of our shortcomings (Lent); there are times of outright sorrow and pain (Holy Week); times of exaltation and lightness of being (Easter); and then there is the ordinary time in which we live the majority of our lives. For Christians, ordinary time remains infused with the...

  • The last time I venerated a relic was at the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown. In game six of the American League Championship Series, Curt Schilling pitched against the Yankees after undergoing a surgery intended to staple his injured ankle together. Schilling pitched masterfully, and the Red Sox won the game and the series the next day. Schilling’s performance seems that much more heroic because he pitched through pain and injury clearly manifest in the blood that soaked through his...

  • Copyright: Dream Perfection

    As we mark the 50th anniversary of "Dei Verbum," the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on Nov. 18, 1965, we note that one effect has been increased study of and prayer with the Scriptures by all the faithful, not only scholars and professional ministers. Women’s Bible study groups have sprung up in many parishes and dioceses and the number of women biblical scholars who hold doctorates in Sacred Scripture has risen markedly in the past five decades. At...

  • Two and a half weeks ago, after 10 years of religious life, I was ordained a deacon. Suddenly, my life includes dedicated, quite public weekend work. Suddenly, I am charged with preaching the word of God at several Masses in three different parishes. It is fantastic, but grinding work. I have been a relentless critic of windy, meandering, irrelevant homilies for many years. As I said in my first homily, I have been to a lot of Masses over the last several years, and I have never said, nor...

  • October 26, 2015

    Anyone who can sustain reading the Bible beyond the first chapter of Genesis will notice that there are difficult passages. The Bible’s stories are forged out of murder (Gn 4), rape (Gn 34), dismemberment (Jgs 19; 1 Sam 18), kidnapping and forced marriages (Jgs 21), forced migration and infanticide (Ps 137), slavery (Ex 21; Lv 25; Dt 15), genocide (Jos 1-12), cannibalism (2 Kgs 6-7), political corruption (1-2 Kgs) and social desolation (the Prophets). The...

  • October 5, 2015

    There are certain things we know deeply, risk our lives upon, but can never adequately explain to ourselves or others. This is particularly true of the death of Jesus and how that death washes us clean of sin, opens the gates of heaven for us and teaches how to give our own deaths away as he did.

    That Jesus’ death does these things is a core truth that underlies most everything within our Christian faith. We celebrate it in...

  • The Bible is an unwieldy resource on any subject. Its depth creates currents that pull us in many different directions, and the numerous voices, speaking from across hundreds of years from the ruins and richness of numerous empires, can sometimes sound more like a cacophony than a choir. When it comes to disability, Western societies have a history of reading disability as an aberration. This is not only the case when it comes to reading the Bible. But in light of this way of looking at...