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Chris DeVolld
I was born in southeast Ohio, in an area that is part of Appalachia. My parents and their parents attended the First Church of Christ, where I...
Jim Blackburn
Hell is not a pleasant topic. Today many preachers (Catholic and non-Catholic) seem to be silent about it. Some Catholics and other Christians—...
Michael Schrauzer
Woman Holding a Balance, ca. 1664, by Jan Vermeer. Located in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. We all know how difficult it can be...
Matthew E. Bunson
A group of twenty-six Christians gave their lives for Christ on a hill near Nagasaki, Japan, on February 5, 1597. They are noteworthy not only...
Karl Keating
You might know a priest like the one I have in mind: is reverent during Mass, gives competent homilies, and is faithful to the rubrics—but with...
Cherie Peacock
Can we can we please stop turning priests and evangelists into celebrities?Why do so many Catholics seem to care more about the messenger than...
I have long enjoyed “Eyes to See” in This Rock. The world of art seems a splendid meeting ground for thinkers from differing backgrounds,...
Fr. Frank Pavone
Jesus said “love your neighbor as yourself”—right after he said to love God with your whole being. But does love involve keeping mum about sin...
Melinda Selmys
The Christian account of Creation is so deeply woven into our culture that we may scarcely think of it at all. But as fallen creatures we must...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
"Catholics are idolaters." "Catholic feasts have pagan origins." For 21 centuries, a variety of camps have slapped the “pagan” label on the...