Quote for the Day

More and more Americans have begun to realize that the most vociferous supporters of the war often do not back up that support by actually serving in the military. More Democrats than Republicans are war heroes, and few demographic groups have more vocal support but less actual enlistment than the Young Republicans. While they disparage liberals for protesting the war, they believe they can best serve their country by going to college. There are elite business and law schools to attend and grand … [Read more...]

The Seven Monstrances

In Catholic Eucharistic devotion, a consecrated host is sometimes displayed, either during a liturgical service of benediction, or in a special chapel where people gather for silent prayer and adoration to Christ present in the host. In these settings, the host is exposed in a monstrance (a word etymologically related to "demonstrate"), a vessel considered to be sacred since it contains the veritable Body of Christ, present in the host. Now, I know this is the kind of thing that makes not only … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Worldwide terrorism has increased dramatically since the invasion of Iraq, which is now being waged, we are told, to keep us safe from terrorism. It's not working... This is the logic of our time: it is better to go on killing more of them, even if they go on killing more of us, so that we can remind everyone how vital it is that we kill more of them first. It all reminds me of the shortest verse in the New Testament: 'Jesus wept' (John 11:35). — Robin Meyers, Why the Christian Right is W … [Read more...]

Flannery O’Connor at Emory

Just arrived in my email: You are cordially invited to “Down on Paper: A Reading from the Flannery O’Connor-Betty Hester Letters,” to be held in Emory’s Cannon Chapel at 6 p.m. on May 22. Actress Brenda Bynum will give a dramatic reading drawn from the newly-opened collection of 274 letters between these two women. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Co-sponsors of the event are the Robert Woodruff Library and the Aquinas Center of Theology. Perhaps I'll see you th … [Read more...]

Flannery O’Connor at Emory

Just arrived in my email: You are cordially invited to “Down on Paper: A Reading from the Flannery O’Connor-Betty Hester Letters,” to be held in Emory’s Cannon Chapel at 6 p.m. on May 22. Actress Brenda Bynum will give a dramatic reading drawn from the newly-opened collection of 274 letters between these two women. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Co-sponsors of the event are the Robert Woodruff Library and the Aquinas Center of Theology. Perhaps I'll see you th … [Read more...]

Breathe in, breathe out

I had this thought while driving to work this morning. It's so obvious I'm surprised no one has built a book around it yet. Or perhaps they have, and I just don't know about it. At any rate, this could wind up being the skeleton on which a future book proposal of mine is built... You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your … [Read more...]

Entering the Castle

Mark your calendars! On June 7, Darrell Grizzle, aka Grateful Bear, and I will be teaching a class at the Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore in Atlanta, on the new book by Carolyn Myss, Entering the Castle, which is a guidebook for spiritual development based on the wisdom teachings of the Carmelite mystic Teresa of Avila. Should be a fun evening of celebrating Christian wisdom in an ecumenical/interfaith perspective.Click here for more details about the class. … [Read more...]


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