Voices

Patrick Gilger, S.J., founding editor of The Jesuit Post website, is America's contributing editor for culture. 

Faith Books
October 27, 2017

From the open arms of “Who am I to judge?” to the strict boundaries of the Benedict Option, the question of how to be a church community is a prominent one for Christians in our secular age.

Arts & Culture Books
March 16, 2017
Patrick Gilger, S.J., reviews "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" by Rod Dreher.
Politics & Society In All Things
December 06, 2016
If we think the Benedict Option is going to be easier than the messy reality of modern parish life, we have not yet seen it clearly.
August 16, 2016
The re-enchantment of the world may never be global, but perhaps it can be Catholic.
A chalk tribute to Philando Castile marks a sidewalk across the street from the governor's residence as demonstrators gather outside the governor's residence Friday, July 8, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn., where protests continue over the shooting death by police of Castile after a traffic stop Wednesday, July 6, in Falcon Heights. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Politics & Society In All Things
July 08, 2016
We write so that our silence does not become the privilege of ignoring suffering; we write to cling to the hope that another world is possible.
MAN OF PRAYER. Frans van der Lugt, S.J., at the residence of the Jesuit fathers in the besieged area of Homs, Syria, Jan. 29.
April 10, 2014
Frans van der Lugt, S.J.—who on April 7 was shot in the head, twice, in front of his home in the city of Homs, Syria—had been living under siege for 20 months when, in January, he recorded a video message challenging the outside world to help. He ends this video, one that made him f
Books
March 18, 2014
Duro Kolak, the narrator and fulcrum of Aminatta Forna’s excellent fourth book The Hired Man, is a patient man, loyal and solitary.
October 08, 2013
Editor’s note: The historic interview with Pope Francis (Am. 9/30) has generated a great deal of dialogue in the church and in society at large. We asked several writers to offer their reactions to the pope’s words. Selections from these responses are printed below. The full versions of
Books
August 27, 2012
The Variations attempts make inroads "on the vast terrain of what cannot be said."
January 02, 2012
For Vocation Awareness Week, a reflection from Patrick Gilger, S.J. on three good Jesuit men