“We’re here as a sign of God’s presence,” says Father Edwin Leahy, headmaster of St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, New Jersey. “That’s who we are as monks. We take a vow of stability of place, so even though the neighborhoods change around us on a regular basis, we stay.” More
“At the end of the day I’m not depending on insurance, and I’m not depending ultimately on Samaritan [Ministries]. I’m depending on God. Samaritan is something I’m actually choosing because I believe it honors God,” says Jonathan Velez, a member of a Christian health sharing program. More
“Spirituality has been my biggest value of this year, and I have learned so much about my faith. Within my work God is so intricately intertwined I don’t think I could separate the two,” says Megan Newman, a JVC participant. “I’ve just grown up in so many ways, and I’ve changed the way I’ll be a nurse forever.”
“There is a lot of wondering” among young Jesuit volunteers, says Father Rick Malloy, one of their chaplains. “There is a lot of thinking, and I have seen the fruits of it: “ruined for life.” They live their lives in a different way. This year goes very quickly, and there’s a real possibility of this impacting your life in ways that are transformative forever.” More
“If you were to identify Catholic prophets in the twentieth century,” says Georgetown University professor Chester Gillis, Daniel Berrigan “would be right there with Dorothy Day or Thomas Merton.” His activism, adds Gillis, is “rooted in prayer. It is done out of the commitment to the Gospel. That differentiates it from all the other secular movements” Daniel Berrigan, SJ died on April 30, 2016. He was 94 years old. More
“People want to be their own theologians. People don’t just want to receive truth from an institution. They want to participate with a tradition and make a truth that is meaningful for their own lives.”
In The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics, former Missouri senator John Danforth, an Episcopal priest, explores how an over-emphasis on religion has changed the tone of American politics and whether religious values can help to mend a badly fractured political system. More
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is always a key stop for presidential candidates; does the Affordable Care Act burden the free exercise of religion; and they represent rebirth and the gladness of the resurrection.