Do you see what I see when communities are torn apart by unspoken racist realities? Do you see what I see when riot gear, militarized vehicles, explosions, and unrest light up a silent night? Do you hear what I hear when an entire community erupts in frustration over the failure of a grand jury to […]

Maybe in an effort to not be constantly reminded of weddings, George Winston created a piano variation of Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, simply named Joy. While I love’s Bach’s piece, Winston’s has become one of my Advent favorites. The way he weaves the familiar tune in and out of joyful variations moves my […]

via BuzzFeed News: Pope Francis was instrumental in facilitating the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, a senior White House official said Wednesday. President Obama is expected to announce a deal with the Caribbean nation Wednesday afternoon that will pave the way for the first U.S. embassy on Cuban soil since the […]

via BBC News: Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say. Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army. Scores of survivors are being […]

Over the past several weeks, Pope Francis has made explicit reference to the challenge of climate change with respect to nutrition, migration and the United Nations international treaty negotiations. Given that Francis’ ecological encyclical is expected to be published in the next several months, these remarks make it seem increasingly likely that the pope will […]

Pope Francis won’t be earning any more fans among rigid legalists who equate faithfulness with caustically attacking those who fail to meet their standards of proper behavior. Francis linked rigidity to having a weak heart and contrasted it with one fixed on the rock, Jesus. He concluded his homily with a prayer, which included: “I […]

Check out these recent articles from around the web: America’s working families: Divided we fall by Michael Stafford: “More than six years have passed since the financial crisis, but its effects are still being felt. For most Americans, the economy remains a grim and frightening place — a source of anxiety, instead of hope.” The […]

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