This post represents the beginning of a new project for me. About six months ago I determined to take a more systematic approach to the examination of my faith. It has been a rich, surprising, and incredible journey thus far - and I am but a few steps into it. Discussion of this journey would … Continue reading The Living Stones
Have you ever sat through one of those really awkward family dinners? You know, where the relatives who don’t talk to each other are forced to sit together and act like a loving family. If you haven’t, congratulations. But, if you have — and let’s face it, that’s most of us — you have a … Continue reading Mending the body of Christ
To Advance or To Withdraw? That is the question I’d like to consider, and it's a question being posed more and more by Christians. Should we as Christians be advancing into the world? Or, should we withdraw – retreat if you will – in order to protect ourselves and our faith from the perceived evils … Continue reading To Advance, or To Withdraw?
When Fr. John asked me to speak today for Noonday Prayers, three thoughts came to mind: I am honored; I am grossly under-qualified; and I hope everyone has a long lunch break. Brevity is not my strength, and it has been a long time since my Confirmation classes. But, since Fr. John saw fit to … Continue reading Seeing Light in the Darkness
This past Sunday I was given a simple task: go out into the world and share my faith. I can feel some of you hovering over the “Back” arrow that promises escape from what will surely be a harangue about why my faith is the best faith ever there was, and how you need to … Continue reading Speaking of God…
Writing may be humanity’s greatest unconsummated passion. A great many people, perhaps a majority, think at some point to take up the craft. An idea springs from a moment of divine epiphany. Or, it builds slowly, layer upon layer, as imperceptible in its form as the sculpture lying within limestone. Children’s books, memoirs, novels, histories, … Continue reading Where My Words May Go
Thoughts on the Refugee Order In the little more than two days since President Trump signed an executive order barring Syrian refugees indefinitely from entering the United States, and placing a 120-day moratorium on all refugee admissions, there has been no shortage of commentary on the matter. Social media, news media coverage of all kinds, … Continue reading Our Own Worst Enemy
This past Saturday millions of women – and men – marched in cities around the globe in response to the inauguration of a man who, at best, has been tainted with a reputation for misogyny. I’ll not go further into the politics surrounding that particular development in the history of our Republic. That’s an entirely … Continue reading Am I a Feminist?
Today is the birthday of Anne Bronte, the youngest of the famed Bronte sisters. The birthday of arguably the most under-appreciated of the Bronte sisters would be an appropriate time to reflect on her literary work. But, that is not my purpose here. What I would like to reflect on is the role Anne played in her short … Continue reading Facing the World As It Is – A Lesson in Virtue with Anne Bronte
I've been brushing up lately on my classical philosophy - Socrates, Plato and the like - and have been reminded of two things: 1) Greek philosophy makes a lot more sense now than it did when I was in college; 2) the ancient search for arête, the pursuit of our best possible selves, is an undertaking as worthwhile as … Continue reading Escaping the Waiting Place