Author Archives: Robert Christian

Why All Neutral Baseball Fans Should Back the Royals

Traditional sources of community have been frayed in modern American life. People change jobs more frequently, are more likely to relocate across the country from their family and friends, and local clubs and organizations have declined in membership. One enduring source of community, however, is sports. While the players might come and go more frequently […]

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Share the Nobel Peace Prize

Millennial‘s 2013 ‘Millennial of the Year‘ Malala Yousafzai has received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize (a slightly more prestigious honor), along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist. The two won “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Earlier this year, we […]

Money & Politics: The System is Broken

We are living in the middle of the Second Gilded Age. The American political system needs major reform to cope with the malign impact of elite economic interests on both electoral outcomes and the policies that our elected officials enact (or fail to enact). We need another Progressive Movement that cuts across partisan lines to […]

Resisting the Throwaway Culture: Pope Francis’ Message on Human Life and Dignity

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life of Georgetown University had its second event for young Catholic professionals, Resisting the Throwaway Culture: Pope Francis’ Message on Human Life and Dignity. This Salt and Light Gathering featured the anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J. (who was famously played by Susan Sarandon in Dead […]

AltFem: Reconciling Faith and Feminism

Last Wednesday, a new online magazine that seeks to reconcile religious faith with feminism had its launch party, featuring three eclectic panels of speakers who offered their own thoughts on the subject. The discussions were fascinating and showed the value of the periodical if it can live up to the potential displayed at the event. […]

Cardinal O’Malley Explains the Vulnerability of Many Immigrants in One Story

Cardinal Sean O’Malley recounted this powerful story at the launch of Crux, which I had heard previously, but found just as compelling: I often share the story of my first days at the ‘Centro Católico’ when I was visited by a man form El Salvador who sat at my desk and bursts into tears as […]

Fully Alive: Fr. John Main, Christian Meditation, and the Search for the Transcendent

It’s not uncommon for young people to look outside of the Christian tradition for a deeper spiritual experience. Fully Alive: The Daily Path of Christian Meditation by Fr. John Main is a reminder that this is not necessary. Meditation and contemplation have a home in the Catholic tradition, albeit one that is too often overlooked […]

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