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Brother Joe Hoover, S.J., is America’s poetry editor and the author of O Death, Where is Thy Sting: A Meditation on Suffering.
Arts & CulturePoetry
Joe Hoover, S.J.
Entrants to this year’s contest included poems about human trafficking, the Mueller Report, priestly abuse and screen addiction.
Arts & CultureBooks
Joe Hoover, S.J.
Greg Pardlo's new memoir clips quickly along and burdens the reader with almost no slow moments.
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.
Adding more words will not make Mass “better.” If you cleanly speak the words as they are, if you let them flow through you, the people in the pews may hear the Mass as they have never heard it before. You do not need to do more. It’s not about you.
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.
Entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos talk about being “innovators” and “disrupters,” but really they are not—not in truly world-shaking ways. Imagine if they announced to the world: We are doubling the wages of our warehouse workers, increasing benefits. We are becoming, for God’s sake, a cooperative.
Arts & CultureBooks
Joe Hoover, S.J.
In Christian Wiman's new book, all easy answers about how spirituality informs the arts and vice versa are given fierce interrogation.
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.
People love yoga. People love the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. Mash the two together, and you have created a nice, marketable concept that can sweep a bundle of folks into the arms of the Lord and/or the Society of Jesus.
Arts & CultureBooks
And reading poetry, like the books in our 2018 poetry review, can be a great way to not make perfect sense of a thing, but to just be with a thing.
A man displays a sign as immigration advocates rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 15, 2016, in Washington. (CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA)
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.
He said he can’t let his feelings get in the way of this. He can’t bend the rules for one person.
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.
People do not have the time or money or energy to be angry at popes or angry at people who are angry at popes.