Be gentle, especially when sharing the Faith

The early 20th century scholar Friedrich von Hügel is a supreme example of gentleness in teaching the faith. Almost everything he wrote expressed his desire to encourage people and a sensitivity to the ways they can be discouraged. He had a destination

The powerful promises hidden in the Our Father

Columnist David Mills unpacks two lines from the Our Father: “deliver us from evil,” and “thy kingdom come.” The Our Father has depths and depths, of course, but at the first level we can see something of God’s knowing our needs and

Being a pilgrim is not easy, as Dorothy Day shows

Many preachers refer to the Christian life as a journey, and there is some truth in that. But columnist David Mills argues that it is more accurate to refer to Christians as “pilgrims,” which Scripture does repeatedly. What happens, though, when we

The odd Catholic temptation to obnoxious one-upmanship

Why do Catholics and other Christians seem to gravitate to the passive-aggressive put-down technique of one-upmanship? It’s easy to imagine one of the disciples saying, “You like John? Why don’t you like Peter? What’s wrong with Peter? He’s just as good as

Cleaning up for a special guest during Lent

Observing Lent is a lot like cleaning up for guests. We do it not because they’ll judge us, but because we’re honored by their presence. Lent, argues Our Sunday Visitor columnist David Mills, is all about facing the reality of sin and

How boredom helps us know God, and ourselves

The 17th century mathematician-philosopher Blaise Pascal calls out our restless desire for “diversion,” how we constantly look for ways to avoid facing the realities we don’t want to face. Chief among them, our unsatisfactory selves. Our Sunday Visitor columnist David Mills explains

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