The Love Guru

Some concern has been expressed from the Hindu community that the forthcoming Mike Myers movie, The Love Guru, is disrespectful of the Hindu faith. A recent story on is heartening in that people of faiths other than Hinduism are expressing concern as well.This is hardly an isolated incident of how religious images, symbols, and language are appropriated within a popular culture context, usually for entertainment purposes. Several members of R.E.M. joined up with Warren Zevon … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

I have asked the LORD for one thing — this is what I desire! I want to live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the LORD and contemplate in his temple. — Psalm 27:4, New English Translation … [Read more...]

Contemplation and Celibacy, part two

Fr. J writes in response to my post Contemplation and Celibacy: Celibacy is itself a mystical reality when well lived such that it is not simply an instrument for individual holiness projects. .... If you read the best literature on religious life at the moment, it is all focused on the concept of consecration in this world for the sake of the kingdom. It is spirituality that neither diminishes this world nor the pursuit of the divine. One is not counter to the other but serves the other. In … [Read more...]

The Audacity of Government

This week on the public radio program "This American Life" the theme is "the Audacity of Government" — specifically the administration of George W. Bush. Anyone with a sense of decency and fairness will find these stories horrifying and appalling. Even taking into account a "liberal bias" (whatever that means), the picture painted here of our current government ought to make Americans ashamed — and angry.If you don't have a chance to hear this broadcast, you can purchase a downloadable copy fro … [Read more...]

Contemplation and Celibacy

A comment thread on my post about the World Clock has me thinking about the relationship between contemplation, celibacy, and child-rearing. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

For the sages say that it is impossible for rational knowledge of God to coexist with the direct experience of God, or for conceptual knowledge of God to coexist with immediate perception of God. — St. Maximus the Confessor, On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ … [Read more...]

Leonardo Boff

Inside Costa Rica has published an interesting interview with Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, one of the major voices in the liberation theology movement:Christians Should Take Poverty and Justice Seriously … [Read more...]