The struggle of priests has nearly always been to relate to their flocks — to be, in Pope Francis’ memorable phrasing, “shepherds with the smell of sheep.”
Jason Ingalls reviews Dawn Eden's newly revised "Catholic edition" of The Thrill of the Chaste.
“Modern life feels rather undead.”
In the abstract, “sanctity” is boring.
Many Episcopalians would reflexively balk at “experiential” ways of speaking about Christian faith. They disillusioned by forms of the faith that elicit intense emotional highs but may lack the patterns and habits of living and praying that can sustain faith over the long haul.
God wants to transform me and use the transformed me to transform his world. But how?
Intense religious argument, particularly about infidelity, has been part of the history of the United States from the start. And, in the beginning, it only had a little to do with sex.
Tara Owens’s book Embracing the Body has reminded me of how essential the physical dimension of worship is.