News of the Spiritual


Three articles regarding faith, religion, and spirituality I’ve recently read, all from The Christian Science Monitor.

First, a story on the “common cathedral”, people who gather together by the fountain on Boston Common to worship al fresco. I’ve often seen this gathering after celebrating Mass at my own church which is in a building facing Boston Common. I hadn’t realized that the outdoor worship services actually are a ministry for the homeless, which makes it more interesting to me.

Second, an article on the little town of Bethlehem, where the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict and the security wall have kept away Christian tourists who usually benefit the community where Christ was born.

Finally an article on how humanitarian aid helps combat terrorism. Ryan Beiler comments on this article in his post on the God’s Politics blog, The Sermon on the Mount Actually Works.

And now a bonus article from the National Catholic Reporter, Ten mega-trends shaping the Catholic church by John Allen

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