Blow up and croak

A Sign of the Apocalypse? The Mysterious Exploding Toads of Hamburg, Germany Perhaps it's the amphibian equivalent to self-immolating Buddhist monks. Question is, what are these "living balloons" protesting? … [Read more...]

Michael Lerner’s Response to Benedict XVI

Thanks to gratefulbear for posting a link in his blog to a wonderful essay by progressive Jewish theologian Michael Lerner with the self-explanatory title The New Pope is a Disaster for the World and for Jews. Here's a choice excerpt:Those of us in the Jewish world who have enormous respect for Christianity and for the wisdom and beauty of the Catholic tradition are in mourning today that the Church has confirmed for itself a destructive direction that will hurt not only Catholics but all those … [Read more...]

The Pope on Peace, and DNA vs. Death Row

Here are two recent articles worth reading: The Catholic Peace Fellowship on Benedict XVI From death row, to vindication, to voice for justice … [Read more...]

philfoster’s Guidelines for Spiritual Autobiography

philfoster gave me the following document. What a splendid set of questions! This list will probably appear in his forthcoming book. Meanwhile, Phil gave me permission to post the list here so that readers of this journal might join with me in pondering over the forces and circumstances that shape one's spiritual journey. Happy musing! … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

"I am told that Karl Rahner, the German Jesuit theologian who was an expert at Vatican II, concluded toward the end of his life that there were two major groups of people in the world - those who want certitude and those who want understanding. I would very much agree with that, and just add that those two groups have a very hard time understanding one another!" —Richard Rohr, Beyond 'Certitude and Order', Sojourners Magazine, March 2005 … [Read more...]

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! Here's a Catholic Perspective on Earth Day, which was brought to my attention by the ever-vigilant gratefulbear. … [Read more...]

Protected: Quiz of the Moment

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Jim Wallis

There's a tremendously wonderful interview with Jim Wallis at the Powells.com website. For those who don't know Jim Wallis, he is emerging as one of the leading voices of the Christian left. Whatever your political (or religious) persuasion, check out the interview. I especially like his comments on the causes of our "coarsened" culture and on why he is sympathetic to cynics. Plenty of food for thought here. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

I think the best explanation of why you are following your path is to live it and not point out the failings of other paths. —reikimaster (via email) … [Read more...]

An Irish Prayer

I learned this from ingvisson: Go raibh mé cróga mar tharbh. Go raibh mé caoin mar uain. Go raibh mé eagnaí mar bradán. Beannacht ar mo mhuintir. Beannacht ar mo chairde. Beannacht ar mo chuid oibre. May I be as brave as a bull. May I be as gentle as a lamb. May I be as wise as a salmon. Blessing upon my kindred. Blessing upon my friends. Blessing upon my portion of work. … [Read more...]