For those grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be a difficult time. However, there are positive actions an individual or family can take to navigate grief this season and make the holidays meaningful.
There was very little that was newsworthy at this year's meeting of the U.S. bishops. But it demonstrated the sclerotic condition the U.S. hierarchy has created for itself, says NCR columnist Michael Sean Winters.
In addition to his works on prayer and contemplation, Thomas Merton's lesser-known writing on nonviolence, Christian life, contemporary virtues and racial justice may be just what we need today, writes Fr. Dan Horan.
If Congress doesn't act, 600,000 mothers, infants and small children are at risk of being waitlisted or removed from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, by Nov. 17. Catholics must show up for this issue.
Despite years of intermittent warfare between the Palestinians and Israel, we have hoped that simple decency, public morality, honest governments and personal conscience would sweep down, writes Joan Chittister.
The nature of the synodal assembly — bishops, laywomen and men, religious, priests and deacons, with the pope, dialoguing and voting equally — highlights that we all are journeying together, says Cardinal Robert McElroy.
The solution to the divisions within the hierarchy will not be found primarily through internal discussions. The bishops must find the answers outside the sacristy — or the hotel ballroom where they are meeting.