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I know I’ve been writing a lot about the Virginia Tech tragedy, and I promise to move on very soon, but today I can’t stop thinking about it because, for me, it points to how ignorant most people are with […]

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Of course, even if we had done our best to treat Cho and killers like him, we may have seen the same outcome. Because our hands would have been tied legally. That’s why everyone I know in their twenties wants […]

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I sent my “Mentally Ill, Psychopath, or Evil? I Need to Know” post to a hundred or so of my closest friends. I invited my former theology professors and past and present colleagues in Catholic publishing to weigh in on […]

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Medical intuitive and renowned author Caroline Myss and I have a few things in common: we both have studied theology, and we were both taught by nuns. But when it comes to interpreting sacred texts, like Teresa of Avila’s classic […]

Click here to read an interesting interview with Caroline Myss by Beliefnet’s Valerie Reiss. Myss talks about her new book, “Entering the Castle,” and says you don’t have to profess poverty, chastity, and obedience to live a deeply spiritual life. […]

Was Cho Seung Hui–the shooter identified in the Virgina Tech killings–mentally ill or irreparably evil? Did he suffer from a treatable mood disorder, or was he a psychopath unable to be helped? It’s a theological, psychological, and sociological riddle–an ugly […]

Here’s how some prominent writers and scholars weigh in on the topic of evil versus mental illness. Thanks to freelance religion writer Andrea Useem for collecting some of these on her blog, ReligionWriter.com. The “National Review Online” published these responses: […]

This gallery of prayers offers solace, healing, and support from several world traditions. And you can post your own prayer for the lost and bereaved of Virginia Tech on Beliefnet’s prayer circle.

Dr. Remen, who spends her life comforting sick people, wrote this in her chapter “Just Listen” (part of “Kitchen Table Wisdom“): “One of my patients told me that when she tried to tell her story people often interrupted to tell […]

Harold Kushner explains what NOT to say to a grieving family in his classic “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” using as an illustration the story of Job (the faithful, righteous, and pious man who loses his livestock, house, […]

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