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7 Ways Thomas Merton Changed the World

Did the Trappist monk change the world? Maybe not. But he changed my life, and he could change yours, too.

10 Great Summer Reads for Catholics

From Thomas Merton to Shūsaku Endō, these enduring books encapsulate some of the best in religious writing.

What Is a Saint?

How the diversity of saintly lives reveals multiple paths toward God.

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What transgender people teach us about God, and our humanity

“Ultimately, the transgender question is about more than just sex. It’s about what it means to be human.” Russell D. … Continued

Barbara Johnson’s Buddhist Catholicism

The story we’ve been covering in recent days about a Maryland priest who refused to give a lesbian Communion at … Continued

Mel Gibson: Religion and the troubled artist

The week’s most lurid headlines hide an interesting question: Is a creator of religious art obligated to maintain the religion’s … Continued

The Dalai Lama on interfaith cooperation

On Sunday, I was privileged to share the stage with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at St. John the Divine … Continued

Paducah goes to India

By Eboo Patel and Becca Hartman I started my morning at the corner of Muhammad Ali Blvd. and Thomas Merton … Continued

A quest for happiness and its meaning

By Gretchen Rubinauthor A few years ago, I decided to do a “happiness project.” I spent a year testing the … Continued

Missionaries: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Proof of God Never Stands Still

Q:What makes the best ‘case for God’ to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of … Continued

Interfaith Conversation

Some of the most important and illuminating literature of the 20th Century was about the role that faith played in … Continued

Yes and No to the Dalai Lama

“Don’t go there!” A burst of laughter usually accompanies this playful outburst of warning against engaging a hot conversational topic. … Continued

But She Did Help the Poor, Right?

A few days back I read somewhere that Thomas Jefferson was a lousy public speaker. Interesting, but kind of beside … Continued

Finding God on the Metro

By William Blazek I love riding Washington’s subway system, known locally as the Metro. I love the speed, the crush … Continued

On Admiring the Religious Other

Brother Wayne Teasdale was like a character out of a movie, a cross between Zorba the Greek, St. Francis of … Continued

Mindfulness Over Matter

As a Tibetan Buddhist, I do not know if I am able to answer the question “Can a Christian, Muslim … Continued

Eastern Spirituality: Work of the Devil or Shortcut to Fulfillment?

Christian interest in eastern spirituality must avoid two extremes. One extreme sees eastern spirituality as the work of the devil, … Continued

Eastern Practices

First off, recall that Judaism and Christianity were born as “eastern religions;” we call their birthplace “the Middle East” and … Continued