Cry Freedom

Rosa Parks changed history when she refused to yield her seat on that Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1956. A lesser-known piece of history reveals that one of the motives behind her act was that she was haunted by the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till the year prior. Parks was, simply, fed up. Till, a...

Where Does Faith Come From?

A Cambridge University researcher suggests an answer, concluding that people with strong religious convictions may pass a “predisposition toward religion” onto their children, thereby spread religion genetically. “People who carry a certain ‘religiosity’ gene are more likely than average to become...

People Power

How to get rid of a tyrannical government? The situation in Egypt reminds me of how the Filipino people forced Ferdinand Marcos out of the country in February, 1986. While armed rebellion against the Marcos government was being waged by the New People’s Army (a Communist group) and by the Moro National...

Weeping Statues

Just last week a local news station featured a story about a statue of the Blessed Mother that appeared to weep. I had some familiarity with the location, and I was especially intrigued to hear one account suggest that the weeping began after a rosary belonging to one of our authors, Fr. Jim Willig, was...

Middle East News

As I hear the daily news of the uproar in Egypt, and the fear among other Middle East governments, I can think only of two things: thank God that I am not in the Middle East now; and thank God that I got a chance to go there twice in the past several  years. When I went most recently, our group of Catholic...

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