The car was always the place for the hard conversations when my sons were young. The questions would come from the back seat when I least expected it. I can still remember the rainy night I was driving down Montgomery Avenue when my oldest son, then 12, asked me why God let evil things happen.
The title of the new biography — The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma — speaks volumes about the unshakable faith and resilient character of a remarkable missionary priest. If beatified, he will become the first Catholic martyr from the United States and the first U.S.-born priest to receive the recognition.
The Jesus Dialogues: Jesus Speaks With Religious Founders and Leaders by Brennan R. Hill. Resource Publications (Eugene, Oregon, 2015). 216 pp., $26.