Timothy W. O'Brien

Books
March 12, 2014
There is a common assumption that the more familiar a person is with a given subject the less objective he or she becomes in assessing it Earle Labor rsquo s new biography of Jack London represents a notable departure from this conventional wisdom After over 50 years of studying Jack London and t
Books
November 05, 2012
There are as many ways to pray as there are people who pray.
Faith in Focus
February 13, 2012
I came upon contemplation accidentally, almost despite myself.
Ideas
October 03, 2011

Mary Karr’s gritty stories of sin and salvation show us that grace is not always graceful.

In All Things
August 31, 2011
This past summer I had the good fortune of working as an intern at America Magazine One of the many unique things about America is that it is more than just a periodical -- it is a ministry of the Society of Jesus carried on for over 100 years by both Jesuits and a host of lay editors and contribu
In All Things
August 19, 2011
Earlier this month the Department of Health and Human Services HHS adopted new standards related to preventive services for women rsquo s health The Catholic reaction to the proposed standards--which are slated to go into effect sometime after the ongoing 60-day comment period--has been mixed O
In All Things
July 29, 2011
A few weeks ago a family friend asked me a question about prayer What s the point he wondered of praying for what you want when we re taught in the Our Father to say Thy will be done Since then I ve struggled to articulate a coherent response -- having promised him a more considered opin
In All Things
July 29, 2011
Michelle Bachmann s former church the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod WELS has officially weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding their teaching that the pope is the Antichrist The church s president Rev Mark Schroeder writes WELS holds to the historic Lutheran position that th
In All Things
July 25, 2011
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been in the news with some frequency of late A good deal of the coverage has centered on his support of a national day of prayer The Response USA which will invoke God s help in restoring moral purpose to the United States nbsp Incidentally this is an event w
In All Things
July 20, 2011
Over the past few decades dioceses throughout the United States have been faced with tough decisions surrounding church closures The factors behind such closures are often quite complex In some instances changing demographics have seen Catholics move from the inner-city to the suburbs Even wher