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Jul
18

Dispatch from a white priest in Dallas

Dispatch from a white priest in Dallas Like many people, I feel a sense of foreboding about what is coming on our nation and our world.
Jun
7

A catechism of Nature (3): Edge effect

A catechism of Nature (3): Edge effect We were again on the edge of something exceeding our competence, a patchwork of boundaries.
May
10

A catechism of Nature (2): the vernal transgression of boundaries

A catechism of Nature (2): the vernal transgression of boundaries Late winter's dormant destinies are disclosed by the spring.
Mar
3

A catechism of Nature (1): reason and the destiny of animal life

A catechism of Nature (1): reason and the destiny of animal life Reason, the thing that separates us from brute beasts, does not liberate us from animality, but it liberates animality itself, for the actualization of a potential that cannot be actualized without reason.
Nov
24

The deterioration of nature: on the running out of time

The deterioration of nature: on the running out of time Oceans of ink have been spilled on the subject of time’s sanctification according to the Church’s calendar, and, certainly, conforming one’s life to the calendar, observing feasts and fasts and seasons, affords numerous opportunities to engage with and marinate in the central figures and mysteries of our faith. We are coming now to Advent, and vestments and hangings will transition, like sweetgum...
Oct
22

Benedicite: a meditation on language and transcendence

Benedicite: a meditation on language and transcendence I thought of how the landscape is an icon of our predicament. The insularity of humanity, the impermeable boundaries of our selfhoods, of our discourses and desires; it is all a great conspiracy of alienation.
Aug
19

The Cross, the form of marriage

The Cross, the form of marriage The Cross is the nuptial bed on which is consummated the union of divine nature and human nature in the “one flesh” of Jesus. Nothing connotes this more powerfully than our Lord’s final “word” from the cross.
Jun
12

Bruce Jenner and wild onions: technophilic introspection and the data of nature

Bruce Jenner and wild onions: technophilic introspection and the data of nature The narrow world of public discourse in the United States has recently been consumed by the spectacle of Bruce Jenner purporting to turn himself into a woman.
Apr
24

“It is finished”: the residue of the Passion in Eastertide

“It is finished”: the residue of the Passion in Eastertide Jesus’ ministry in the world was, as it were, a betrothal. But the Cross is the consummation of the union of divine nature and human nature.
Feb
16

Unsystematic meditations on the Trinity

Unsystematic meditations on the Trinity Last week, I sat by the muddy flume of the Trinity, ate my lunch, and thought about God’s invisible nature, his eternal power and deity. At its best, theology has no technical vocabulary.
Dec
10

The sanctification of Jeb

The sanctification of Jeb Blaise Pascal once drew an analogy between man’s relationship with dogs and God’s relationship with man. I was reminded of this one morning.
Oct
1

Blood on my hands: being a hunter and a Christian clergyman

Blood on my hands: being a hunter and a Christian clergyman A foray into vegetarianism during high school was inspired by Tolstoy. His argument ran as follows: you know that you can be perfectly healthy without eating meat; so, if you eat meat, you are doing it to gratify your appetite at the expense of the lives of animals.
Aug
22

Mary: an icon of human destiny in Christ

Mary: an icon of human destiny in Christ Mary shows us our own destiny as children of God and as heirs with Christ of the promises of the Father. The Blessed Virgin shows us what it looks like to be a finite creature wrapped, by grace and faith and love, in God’s own eternity.
Sep
10

Will Brown

Fr. Will Brown is rector of Holy Cross, Dallas, a disciple of René Girard, and the beleaguered master of a Vizsla.

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