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Let 'cloud of witnesses' bring inspiration, strength

Our deceased loved ones are safely in God's loving hands

In these November days, as we look out our windows and walk the streets watching leaves fall against the backdrop of a wet, gray sky, the Church reminds us that as Christians we are full of hope. Why, during what might seem a season of gloom, are we full of hope? Because we are never alone.

A lesson from the road

By Fr. Ron Rolheiser

Several years ago, Hollywood produced a movie about the famous Camino walk in Spain. Entitled “The Way,” it chronicles the story of a father whose son was killed in an accident shortly after beginning this famous 500-mile pilgrimage.

Another legal test for religion

By Russell Shaw

On the face of it, the religion clauses of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment seem pretty clear: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." That isn't so hard to understand, is it?

The field hospital is open: Pope Francis’s interview

By Father Robert Barron

As by now everyone in the world knows, Pope Francis offered a lengthy and wide-ranging interview to the editor of Civilta Cattolica, which was subsequently published in 16 Jesuit-sponsored journals from a variety of countries. As we’ve come to expect practically anytime that this Pope speaks, the interview has provoked a media frenzy.

The pope’s progress

GUEST COMMENTARY FROM AMERICA MAGAZINE

It is with both caution and charity that we set out to assess the first months of the papacy of Pope Francis. Six months is not a long time in the church, and it seems unfair to evaluate an individual's achievements after so short a period. We are also aware that as a Jesuit journal we have a special relationship to the first Jesuit pope, who kindly agreed to allow America to print the English translation of his interview with Jesuit journals from around the world.

The key to genuine humility

By Fr. Ron Rolheiser

Some of the sayings of Jesus on humility seem to raise more questions than they answer. For example, in the parable about taking seats at the table, Jesus suggests that we should not move towards the highest place, lest somebody more important comes along and we will be asked to move lower. Rather, he says, move towards the lowest place so that the host might come and ask us to move higher, and in this way our very humility will be showcased before the other guests.

Hannah Arendt and the ‘banality of evil’

By Father Robert Barron

The appearance of an art house film on the philosopher Hannah Arendt has sparked renewed interest in an old controversy. In 1961, Arendt went to Jerusalem as a correspondent for the New Yorker magazine to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi colonel accused of masterminding the transportation of millions of Jews to the death camps. Arendt was herself a Jew who had managed to escape from Nazi Germany and who had been, years before, something of an ardent Zionist.