• On being perpetually distracted

    There's a story in the Hindu tradition that runs something like this:

  • On not being stingy with God's mercy

    Today, for a number of reasons, we struggle to be generous and prodigal with God's mercy.

  • The regrets we can live with

    In her recent book, “The Invention of Wings,” Sue Monk Kidd presents us with a deeply conflicted heroine, Sarah, a highly-sensitive woman who grows up the daughter of a slave-owner and a child of privilege. But Sarah's moral sensitivity soon trumps her sense of privilege and she makes a series of hard choices to distance herself from both slavery and privilege.

  • Wearied in our patience

    Thirty years ago, before the airline hijackings of September 11, 2001, before the shoe-bomber and others like him, it was simpler to travel by air.

  • Our gaze upon the city

    Jesus, it seems, had mixed feelings towards the world. He loved the world, laid down his life for it, and challenged us to love the world, even as he criticized it harshly and stated clearly that it was opposed to him.

  • Hammarskjold and Merton on sexuality and desire

    The lusts of the flesh reveal the loneliness of the soul.

  • What my mother gave me

    There's an old adage that offers a wise counsel, even as it leaves us powerless to heed its advice: Pick your parents wisely!

     

  • A pilgrimage through nature, desire and soul

    Nature, desire and soul — we rarely integrate these well. Yet they are so inextricably linked that how we relate to one deeply colors the others. Indeed, spirituality itself might be defined as what we each do in terms of integrating these three in our lives.

  • Accepting truth, whatever its cloak

    When I was student in the seminary, I had two kinds of teachers. 

  • God’s quiet presence in our lives

    The poet, Rumi, submits that we live with a deep secret that sometimes we know, and then not.

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Spiritual, but not religious? Who to blame for declining church attendance

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not churchgoers. Why this exodus from our churches?

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