Man of the House | Christian behavior belongs in sports, too

I am sure you remember this song we all have sung so often at Mass:

"We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord; We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.

"And we pray that all unity; May one day be restored.

"And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love."

I wonder: Will people always know we are Christians just by watching us?

Off the grid, out of the Twitter grind

"Are you tweeting from Palestine?"

It was a harmless question popping up in my inbox, and I had already begun typing my Twitter handle, eager to pick up a few more followers, when I paused to consider the offer I was about to make. Did I really want to chronicle my Holy Land trip via Twitter? Did the fact that I could access an iPhone mean I should? Did I actually see myself tweeting "at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, reflecting on Jesus' crucifixion?"

I stopped mid-sentence.

Book review | Overview of religionsconfirms their status

"God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World — and Why Their Differences Matter," by Stephen Prothero, HarperCollins (New York, 2010), 388 pp., $26.99

Pundits and journalists often write as though religion is on the decline and mosques, churches and temples are in retreat. However, by every objective, indicator secularization is a marginal phenomenon of Europe, and religion is alive and well, albeit in a variety of expressions in the minds and hearts of the majority of inhabitants of this planet.

The Catholic Difference | Catholicism rooted in Scripture is best alternative to 'lite' version

Eight years ago, during the "Long Lent" of 2002, I started using the phrase "Catholic Lite" to denote a cast of mind that, in my judgment, had contributed mightily to the crisis of fidelity that was at the root of clerical sexual abuse and episcopal misgovernance.

The Good Steward | Caring for environment is serious responsibility

Just when it appeared that things couldn't get worse for the communities along the Gulf Coast that have been ravaged by natural disasters in recent years, we are confronted with perhaps the most catastrophic man-made disaster in our nation's history. Millions of gallons of oil from an offshore rig explosion continue to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, defying all attempts to contain the damage. At risk are thousands of miles of marine life and the livelihood of millions of people who live, work and recreate in the area's communities that share the Gulf's shoreline.

Denise Bossert | Grace abounds every day and brings us closer to God

Wilda Staton requested the same song each time Dad invited his little Wesleyan congregation to call out their favorite hymn numbers. Mom would nod her head at the request and quickly thumb through the hymnal at the piano.

My sister and I watched Wilda as the rest of the congregation began singing "Amazing Grace." That's when her eyes always welled with tears, and we would stare at her with concern. Tears without pain or disappointment didn't make sense to us.

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