Nuns in the Outfield

Beth Patterson over at the Virtual Teahouse alerted me to this wonderful article at the ESPN website about Atlanta's own Dominican sisters and their ministry, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Hospice. Naturally, living in Atlanta I knew about OLPH (it's been part of the Atlanta Catholic Community even longer than the Trappists have) but I've never been there so I didn't realize how close it was to Turner Field — or how such a bond has emerged between the caregiving nuns and the baseball c … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Benedict: Ad Deificum Lumen

Today is the feast of St. Benedict.This morning at mass, Fr. Tom Francis (who works with me at the Abbey Store) preached on the Rule and on his life experience as a Trappist monk for over 50 years now. During the sermon, he mentioned a conversation that he and I and another Lay-Cistercian had a while back about a phrase in the prologue to the Holy Rule of St. Benedict: et apertis oculis nostris ad deificum lumen, which is often translated as "Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from … [Read more...]

So what does Centering Prayer have in common with Rock and Roll?

When I was in high school, I used to hear charismatic Christians talk about how rock and roll music conjured demons. "It's in the drum beat," they said. "It's the same drum beat that witchdoctors use in primitive cultures to call up their evil spirits." Basically, if you listened to rock music, no matter what your intentions may have been, you were (according to these folks) unintentionally making yourself vulnerable to the malevolent influence of opportunistic spirits.It's interesting how I … [Read more...]

No Unelectable Softies!

This little bit of animated speculation by Mark Fiore pretty much says it all...What if... … [Read more...]

An Tairseach

Here's a cool new link that Google Alerts alerted me to: An Tairseach - Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre The Dominican Sisters established the Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre in 1998 on their 70-acres of land in Wicklow. It is an organic/biodynamic farm and Centre for Ecology and Spirituality An Tairseach, is the Irish word for threshold and it suggests a new beginning, an alternative and more sustainable way of working with the land as well as a renewed relationship with the whole community … [Read more...]

A Few Interesting Links

These links were brought to my attention by the good spiders at Google Alerts...The Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism from Marquette UniversityVeni Creator Spiritus: A Monograph on the Theology of the Holy Spirit Until the Time of Tertullian and Origen by Michel Rene BarnesThe Trinity: A Muslim Perspective by Abdal-Hakim Murad, a lecture delivered at Oxford in 1996A Blogger and a friend of his dialogue on the above article.Special thanks to J.R.M. and Steven Wedgeworth, both … [Read more...]

Emerging Church Reading List

If you'd like a few pointers on books to read about the emerging church/emergent/emerging conversation (this theologial trend has multiple buzzwords, all of which have a slightly different meaning but in general refer to how Christianity is encountering Postmodernity), visit this blogpost on the Emerging Church: Top 5 Books for American Reporters. Actually more than five books are listed, and links are provided to several other interesting book lists. I agree with Becky Garrison (who forwarded … [Read more...]