By Marly Youmans Plague-spell The village streets abandoned, save for deer That, brazen, dare to nibble at our trees… At sunset’s hour, a mild, uncanny light Beckons us to west windows, curious. Rain pelts the house, as sudden as a strike, And just as swiftly drains and dies away. Will we dismiss the strangeness of this year, When breath or brush of hand … [Read more...] about Poetry From the Age of Pandemic
By Neva Rae Fox Harriet Tubman has earned her Golden Halo and has risen to become a member of the Communion of Saints... the ones honored through Lent Madness. This was the 11th year of the popular program, which pits saint against saint in daily voting, starting the day after Ash Wednesday through to the Wednesday of Holy Week. The brainchild of the Rev. Scott Gunn, … [Read more...] about Harriet Tubman Triumphs in Lent Madness
By Paul F.M. Zahl Christians who love movies can spend a lot of time looking for “crumbs from the Master's table” within works that really aren’t particularly Christian. We'll spot a moment of pure grace in a PIXAR film or a flash of redemption in a contemporary drama and be interested, and maybe happy. There is nothing wrong with locating “anonymous” seeds of hope within … [Read more...] about Seen Any Good Lent Movies Lately?
Review by Victor Lee Austin Grievous By H.S. Cross Farrar, Straus and Giroux pp. 525, $30. What does the title of this book mean? It is the nickname, spoken by the boys just so — “Grievous,” sans honorific — of a housemaster at St. Stephen’s Academy in Yorkshire in the year 1931. St. Stephen’s is a boys’ boarding school with a scandalous past, a dingy … [Read more...] about The Toughness of Salvation
By Dennis Raverty The Stations of the Cross at the Anglo-Catholic Church of St. John’s in the Village in New York City were written for that church by Greek Orthodox icon painter Christopher Kosmas in the late 1970s and were installed in 1982. The artist modified the traditional stations by combining them with Eastern iconography in a hybrid, amounting to a Greek Orthodox … [Read more...] about Incarnational Stations
By Daniel Martins Most Christians who keep Lent at all associate it with a montage of images, texts, and practices: some discipline of abstinence or self-denial, a weekly soup supper in the parish hall, a more subdued tone in Sunday worship, more attention paid to the suffering and death of Christ. This is all meet and right, entirely wholesome, and to be commended. It is … [Read more...] about The Shape of Lent
Bishop Audrey Scanlan of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania writes: GOD 640 is a home-spun creation that invites one (me!) to pause on the hour, every hour between 5 AM and 8 PM, in the days of Lent and find God in my midst, and record it. (40 days of recording 16 incidents per day = 640.) Tom Brackett, the Mission Developer for Presiding Bishop Curry and an old colleague and … [Read more...] about One Bishop’s Lent: Godspotting
By Dennis Raverty Upon entering the Rothko Chapel in Houston, one is immediately aware of a quiet, contemplative ambience unlike either the noisy city outside or the typical atmosphere in a gallery or a museum, where paintings by the mid-century abstract artist Marc Rothko (1908-70) are more likely to be seen. Dimly lit by a concealed skylight and entirely without windows, … [Read more...] about Rothko’s Emptiness