The Gospel of Matthew is in the news. And the meaning of "the least of these" is at the center of the debate. Who was Jesus referring to when he spoke of "the least of these"? The poor of the world? Just the Christian poor? Or does he have in mind any persecuted believer?
I’ve been acting like an absent-minded professor long before I actually became one. I am often so engrossed in my own world that I forget to keep track of my surroundings: running on automatic pilot as I walk (and even drive) from place to place, forgetting people’s names as soon as I’ve been told it for the first time, breaking or spilling things as I clumsily trudge through my day. Most people don’t realize it, but the consequences of this lack of awareness may become dire when it is applied to the landscape of the inner voice(s) that seem to constantly run inside our heads.
Interview Part 2 of 2 with Fr. Richard Rohr | "Many saints said some rather stupid things, but humbly and completely loved God and their neighbor. Many contemporaries say quite intelligent and true things, and live in union with nobody."
Getting along through disagreement is never easy. Preserving the freedom to think and learn and grow comes with a cost. But what if the disagreement itself is valuable for us? What if the cost of freedom isn’t what we expect? And how can we all become the kinds of citizens who know how to disagree without it destroying us?
"Why, in a world of WiFi, fast-food, and smart phones, has the theology, ideology, and agenda of ISIS been so deeply motivating and compelling?"
"In 1534, Abbot Paul Bachmann published a virulent anti-Protestant booklet titled A Punch in the Mouth for the Lutheran Lying Wide-Gaping Throats. Not to be outdone, the Protestant court chaplain, Jerome Rauscher, responded with a treatise of his own, titled One Hundred Select, Great, Shameless, Fat, Well-Swilled, Stinking, Papistical Lies."
What has changed in Evangelical & Catholic dialogue since then?