The National Catholic Review


  • 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.

  • Centuries of Biblical interpretation make it difficult for us today to appreciate Adam and Eve as characters in a well-told story that deftly probes the ways of God with humans. Yet the increasing availability of literary works comparable to Genesis 1-11 enables us to appreciate how seriously ancients took their stories of origins. Pope Pius XII’s 1943 encyclical “Divino afflante spiritu(Nos. 19-23, 31) urged scholars to appreciate “the manner of expression and the literary mode”...

  • Nathan Schneider, a columnist for America and member of Occupy Catholics, talks about what he learned about the Bible from reporting on Occupy Wall Street.

  • November 3, 2014

    Students new to biblical studies are unfailingly astonished when they first encounter the Song of Songs. Fawn-like naked breasts, a woman’s black hair cascading like a flock of goats, pure white teeth like ewes and a lover’s hand under his beloved’s head in an enchanted garden—these are just a few of the sensuous images described by the author in vivid detail. All this has proven too hot for most readers over the centuries.

  • Bill McGarvey, culture columnist for America and author of "The Freshman Survival Guide," talks about young people who identify as "spiritual but not religious," why they resist traditional forms of Christianity and where they can find God.

  • In honor of the Jewish high holy days, Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., reflects on the story of Isaac and Abraham.