CATHOLIC BY GRACE | On refugees and pilgrims: Finding holy people and holy places in Jordan

Denise Bossert

It's not so hard to imagine anymore: You are middle to upper class. Christian or some other minority faith group. And ISIS presses toward your city, sending messengers ahead of them, saying, "Leave the city with only the clothes you are wearing, or we will kill you."

There are very few places to go. Lebanon is a possibility. And Turkey.

THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE | The Church and the "New Normal"

George Weigel

In the wake of the Supreme Court's marriage decision, these sober thoughts occur:

(1) The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rendered a decision that puts the Court at odds with the Constitution, with reason, and with biblical religion.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Prayer, virtue and dignity don't take a summer break

Kurt Nelson

Imagine you're a parent giving a ride to your elementary school daughter and some of her friends. In the back seat, you hear some of them start gossiping about someone not in the car. Another child pipes up with, "you know, this kind of talk is not very virtuous." What would you expect to happen next? Perhaps you might brace yourself for the others in the car to call the child who spoke up a "goody two-shoes" or some similar words of disapproval.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Finding sacred space in rocky ground

Mike Eisenbath

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." – Helen Keller

I have stood on holy ground often in the last month. I regard that among the most incredible honors, the most special blessings, I ever have received. As difficult as it has been -- and still is -- I am humbled beyond belief.

A PINCH-HITTER | Searching for God's lessons in sports

Dave Luecking

Over the years, numerous athletes have stood before media scrums or in sideline interviews after big games and praised God for their athletic skills and blessings.

That's all well and good, genuine thanksgiving to the Man Upstairs.

However, the non-religious often criticize this practice, asking: "Why would God care who wins? The world has bigger issues than this." Further, they often criticize athletes for calling attention to their faith.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Remaining in Christ

F. Javier Orozco

An advantage of our technological culture is the manner in which we stay "connected." Most of us, like it or not, have grown accustomed to having many gadgets close at hand to immediately bring us in close contact with family, friends and the world around us.

Being unable to communicate through our smart phones or other devices leaves us feeling insecure and disconnected. Since we seek immediate gratification and access to things, we often feel inadequate or inconvenienced when what we desire isn't readily available.

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