November 2016

Burial of the Dead: Opportunities and Challenges

Brian McMichael of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend suggests that the pastoral rites for the dead are an occasion for practicing the virtue of hope.


Black Friday, Advent, and a Nativity Set

Timothy P. O'Malley offers a way to get ready for the season of Advent. Forget heading to the malls with the crowds on Black Friday and instead set up a Nativity Set.

Domus Dei, Domus Ecclesiae: Sacred Space and the Liturgy

We can convey a lot by how we choose to decorate our homes. Growing up, guests to our home could learn (at least on a surface level) that my family was Catholic, that we were Mexican-American, and that we were huge Notre Dame football fa...

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Lectio Divina with Middle Schoolers

Sami Burr learns to encounter Jesus Christ in Lectio Divina as a teacher. The teacher isn't just facilitating an activity. The teacher must also pray.


Teaching As If the Kingdom Has Come

Alex White on how the theology teacher can't be complacent as an educator. The theology teacher is to teach as if the kingdom of God itself has come.


Abstraction, Contemplation, and the Architectural Imagination

The Question: The Story at the Heart of Faith: Can abstraction call the person into the fullness of humanity? The Working Definitions: Contemplation/Contemplative Imagination: The total imagination involving all of our faculties: thinkin...

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Incarnation and Re-Incarnation

Samantha Burr on the importance of theological education in becoming a good theology teacher. You can't know method alone. You have to know the subject.

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Sacramental Sex?

Renee Roden reviews a talk by Donna Frietas at the University of Notre Dame on the hook-up culture at Catholic universities.


Pilgrimage and the Urgent Question of Faith

What happens when a pilgrimage becomes an urgent question? Leonard DeLorenzo thinks about this after his recent pilgrimage to Malta with Notre Dame.

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Silence and Decision 2016

What does a Christian do in a election when faced with a difficult decision? Renee Roden on Rodrigues' decision in Silence as a way of forming consciences.


Promising Too Much

Abbot Austin Murphy of St. Procopius Abbey preaches on the sin of placing too much hope in the promises of politics. We have a different hope.

The Politics of the Saints

On this feast of All Saints Day, we remember that the saints present to us a politics of praise that are the ultimate vocation of the human being.

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A Transcendent Fall Classic

Sporting events are sometimes referred to as a sort of secular liturgy.  From fan apparel to tailgating to the traditions surrounding the competition itself, one is invited to become a full participant in an unfolding drama with its...