In Memoriam: Kenneth Leech

I have learned of the passing of Father Kenneth Leech, who died on Saturday after a long illness. With his passing, we have lost one of the great contemplatives of our time, who was also a prophet for God's justice and mercy.He was born in 1939 and grew up in a secular home in the north of England. As a youth he was inspired by Alisdair MacIntyre (later famous for his renowned study of postmodern moral theory, After Virtue) who helped him realize that it is possible to have a critical, inq … [Read more...]

Rocking Justice & Spirituality: Like the Two Movements of the Breath

When I met the Anglican writer Kenneth Leech, who is one of my heroes, he told me a funny but sad story.I mentioned to him that one of my favorite books of his was The Eye of the Storm: Spiritual Resources for the Pursuit of Justice. I loved it (and still do) because it is an eloquent statement of why Christian spirituality necessarily includes a commitment to making the world a more peaceful and just place. He explained to me how he was inspired to write the book.At some point in the … [Read more...]

Flannery O’Connor on the Church and Politics

I don't care what your political persuasion is, I bet you probably get frustrated from time to time with what Christian leaders have to say (or don't say) about matters of current concern.Here's a funny little quote from Flannery O'Connor that reminds us some things never change. It's from a letter she wrote in August 1959. About the Church's political actions. God never promised her political infallibility or wisdom and sometimes she doesn't appear to have even elementary good sense. She … [Read more...]


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