Cathleen Falsani| Religion News Service

Stories by Cathleen Falsani| Religion News Service

(CORRECTION) No turning away, or back, after seeing ‘12 Years a Slave’

LOS ANGELES — Before I saw the new film “12 Years A Slave,” I knew nothing about Solomon Northup or … Continued

COMMENTARY: Every prayer, every breath, a step toward a cure

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — One morning each week, I ascend the outdoor staircase on the side of our little church … Continued

I’ll admit it. I have a major crush on Pope Francis.

RNS () — When I see him smiling on TV or on the cover of a magazine in the checkout … Continued

I’ll take my salvation without the snakes, please

RNS () — If there were such a thing as “spiritual hazard pay” for columnists, I would be filing a … Continued

The unsilenced voice of Seamus Heaney

RNS () — One of my favorite stories is about the interview I wanted most, but didn’t get. It was … Continued

Catching up and catching grace with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips

This world is so beautiful For no reason at all When life circles around And you can’t see straight — … Continued

Walter White and the Gospel According to ‘Breaking Bad’

RNS () — Wither Walter White? How the morality tale of a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who transforms himself (first by … Continued

There’s something in the air: Grace

RNS () — Moments before I left Laguna Beach to drive to Long Beach one recent Friday afternoon, the U.S. … Continued

Love is greater than faith

The first thing I did when I read the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in the cases involving the Defense of … Continued

Changing the world, one story and one life at a time

In her 1968 poem, “The Speed of Darkness,” the late American poet Muriel Rukeyser penned the line, “The universe is … Continued

God won’t mind if we laugh at ourselves

IRVINE, Calif. — In more than 30 years as a believer, I’ve attended enough “Christian conferences” to expect at least … Continued

Yoga prodigy seeks joy and finds it

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Class began at dusk in a dimly lit studio facing Pacific Coast Highway as the yoga … Continued

What would Jesus do with an extra $52 billion?

LOS ANGELES — Many of today’s evangelical Christians seem to be taking to heart the words traditionally attributed to St. … Continued

The trouble with labels

Labels can be helpful when, for instance, applied to cans of soup or barrels of toxic waste. But they are … Continued