Merton Now, As Always

Wednesday, January 15, of this week would have been the 99th birthday of Thomas Merton. I’ve been immersed in Merton lately, mostly because Franciscan Media is publishing several books and audiobooks this coming Fall in preparation for the centennial of his birth in 2015. I couldn’t be in a...

Have You Ever Been Fightin’ Mad?

I don’t consider myself an angry person. I doubt that many (if any) people who know me well would describe me as angry. Why then, would I read a book about practical solutions for conquering anger? Do you ever get mad? I do. It doesn’t define me or describe my personality, but there are times when I...

The Grace of the Moment

One of my favorite places to hang out is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Last week, the Harding University choir was visiting the city from Arkansas and stopped by the zoo. They noticed the acoustics in the reptile house and decided to hold an impromptu concert. I saw the video on Facebook and it...

The Eucharist as God’s Gesture

I was interviewed recently about how Pope Francis keeps circling back to the decisive significance of the Eucharist in Christian life when he speaks and writes. Preparing for the interview—trying hard to come up with something to say—helped me clarify my understanding and deepen my experience of the...

Winter Is the Time to Savor

Our guest blogger today, Mary Fishman, is the producer-director of the documentary Band of Sisters, her first film. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mary was an architect and urban planner. Born in Chicago, she was taught by Springfield Dominicans in elementary school and the Sisters of Mercy in high school....

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