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Jul
21

Listening to the cicadas

Listening to the cicadas Cicadas, like everything else, have a divine origin: “All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being” (John 1:3).
May
25

A wretch like me? Crossing to the demoniac

A wretch like me? Crossing to the demoniac Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, there met him a man of the city who had demons. —Luke 8:26-27a This story, recounted in all the Synoptic Gospels, stands as a central text in my faith, that particular Gospel anthology or playlist that I cling to and am always turning over. It is about a man who was infested with demons, and about...
Mar
14

Lent, Kiva, Chrysostom, and me: microcredit and the Great Fast

Lent, Kiva, Chrysostom, and me: microcredit and the Great Fast If you are not concretely doing things to help the poor, you are avoiding an unavoidable part of the Christian life.
Dec
11

Everyday bread: the spiritual writing of Soren Johnson

Everyday bread: the spiritual writing of Soren Johnson A lot of popular theological writing seems permanently focused on bigger pictures and patterns. By contrast, Soren Johnson reflects on the humble burdens of discipleship in close relief.
Oct
23

At home at the monastery

At home at the monastery Manny and Jessica Archuleta have a blog called Every Home a Monastery. That name reflects the central purpose of their life together as a married couple and parents of children — “striving to live the Christian life with monasticism as our reference point.” The Archuletas are monastic associates — something like oblates — of Holy Resurrection Monastery in St. Nazianz, Wisconsin, a men’s...
Aug
22

Light in August, and everything after

Light in August, and everything after August is especially dense with the mystery of salvation in the two feasts of the Transfiguration and the Assumption.
May
15

Dialogues on hope and hellfire: St. Isaac the Syrian in Alvin Kimel’s Eclectic Orthodoxy

Dialogues on hope and hellfire: St. Isaac the Syrian in Alvin Kimel’s Eclectic Orthodoxy Insistently and unambiguously Universalist, St. Isaac believed that God’s love will conquer every rebel heart.
May
11

Dear Preacher: some friendly advice from the pew

Dear Preacher: some friendly advice from the pew Do you really want to know about the state of preaching? Ask the laity — we know better than anyone just how bad contemporary preaching is.
Mar
11

No thought for the morrow: St. Benedict Joseph Labre

No thought for the morrow: St. Benedict Joseph Labre Very few of us would be moved to emulate St. Benedict Joseph Labre's life. Even his biographer found it too extreme to propose for imitation.
Jan
19

Schools of charity? Tell me more.

Schools of charity? Tell me more. Monasticism can, and should, be a model for the "priesthood of all believers."
Jan
2

Blind justice? An exchange on Ferguson: part 2

Blind justice? An exchange on Ferguson: part 2 The chief task remains one of “squarely facing our own complicity in our condition” — to borrow the President’s phrase.
Nov
21

Quiet reforms: the Vatican and priestly marriage

Quiet reforms: the Vatican and priestly marriage Without announcement (and with almost as little notice), a Vatican reform was published in the official directory of the Holy See: it plain states that the Eastern churches in Communion with Rome may have a married presbyterate anywhere in the world they happen to be.
Nov
5

Ebola anxiety, West Africa, and the quality of mercy

Ebola anxiety, West Africa, and the quality of mercy I am only doing small, specific things that I can easily do. You too can do some small, specific things.
Oct
16

Seeking the Lord’s face and seeing his back

Seeking the Lord’s face and seeing his back On Monday, July 21, the Word of the Lord came to me. Sort of. But I only recognized him when he had already gone.

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