Skirting Heresy

“Mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism.” That’s a pastoral adage calling for a degree of critical caution in dealing with people claiming to have personal revelations directly from God. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald is a brilliant retelling of the...

The Power of Gratitude

Some days things just seem to be out of sync — disappointing news, difficulties with family or colleagues, feelings of sluggishness or exhaustion. Sometimes there’s a stretch of days like this. My week started out this way, and I soon had a little litany of misery, small and not-so-small...

Advice from Pope Francis

It seems that daily we are surrounded with tons of reasons NOT to be happy. But Pope Francis thinks there are a lot of things we can do to bring happiness back into our lives. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly Viva July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to...

Don’t Think Little of Yourself!

Our guest blogger today is Jeremy Harrington, OFM. He coauthors the popular, free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe, click here. I hate to see people suffer because they worry about the wrong things and misread what God thinks of them. They feel guilty for past sins—sins for which...

Keeping it Current

Monthlies are notoriously slow, especially in the digital age, when everyone has access to publishing commentary and analysis instantly. That’s not a problem in much of our magazine. The inspirational stories, the profiles of amazing people, the seasonal features, and our many columns keep our content...

One Small Step

This week marked two historic anniversaries: The Apollo 11 moon landing and the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Both challenged our understanding of what it means to be human and even what it means to be a person of faith. There are still Americans who believe that the 1969 moon landing was faked. Fox...

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