Prayer & Devotion

Practical advice for living a more Spirit-filled life

‘Behold your mother’ — To stay with Jesus, stay with Mary

Pieta

One of the elements of Christ’s Passion that struck my students this year, particularly as they watched Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, was the stark aloneness of the Apostle John. Of all Christ’s inner circle of chosen disciples, John alone witnessed the events of the redemption. When asked to brainstorm why John might…

The Divine Comedy

The priest giving our Community’s retreat one summer exuded dignity and solemnity. Weighed and weighted were each word in his talks, each gesture of his Mass, even each step as he strolled the Motherhouse grounds. And yet — was I mistaken? — I detected a subtle twinkling in his eyes. No matter the heft of…

‘Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies …’

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence depicts a type of psychological brutalization practiced during 17th-century Japanese persecution of Christians, in which priests were told that their apostasy would save other captured Christians from torture. At the novel’s climax, a Jesuit missionary, who has already apostatized under these conditions, tells a fellow Jesuit now given the same alternative:…