Fourth and Walnut

Plaque commemorating Merton's epiphany

The day before yesterday - March 18 - was the fiftieth anniversary of the epiphany Thomas Merton experienced at the corner of Fourth and Walnut street in Louisville, Kentucky. Merton immortalized that experience in his book Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (and which I quote at length on my Thomas Merton page). Conjectures was published in 1966, eight years after the epiphany took place; here is what Merton initially wrote about it, in his journal on March 19, 1958: Yesterday, in Louisville, … [Read more...]

Field Trip Mom

An Atlanta blogger/photographer who calls herself "Field Trip Mom" because she takes her children on adventures around the area recently visited the Monastery of the Holy Spirit and posted some lovely photos on her blog:Field Trip Mom's Visit to the Monastery … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Seek peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one can ever see the Lord. Be careful that no one is deprived of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness should begin to grow and make trouble; this can poison a large number. ... What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing fire, or gloom or total darkness, or a storm; or trumpet-blast or the sound of a voice speaking which made everyone that heard it beg that no more should be said to them. — Hebrews 1 … [Read more...]

A Letter from Tucker

This arrived in my email inbox recently, and seemed well worth passing on.A letter to Sally Kern from a senior in high school in OklahomaOklahoma Representative, Sally Kern, in a recent meeting with some of her constituents, equated homosexuality with terrorism and malignant cancer. She was recorded saying that “Homosexuality is a bigger threat to our nation than terrorism or Islam.” She continued that “According to God's words, it is not the right kind of lifestyle… Gays are infiltrating cit … [Read more...]

Running the Numbers

Here is a web page well worth visiting, from artist Chris Jordan:Running the Numbers: An American Self-PortraitHere's the artist's description of what you'll find on this page: This series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Mystical writing was indeed the forerunner of today's radical theology and deconstruction... Jacques Derrida can be described both as an intellectual subversive whose work leads to the view that any text may be interpreted to mean almost anything, and as a mystic. Well, yes, mystical writing is indeed politically and linguistically subversive and always was so.... The mystic seeks to create an effect of religious happiness by liberating religious language from the Babylonian captivity of … [Read more...]

My Holy Week

Early this afternoon I'll be boarding a flight to Newport News, Virginia, where I will be assisting my father tomorrow as he moves to Athens, Georgia, to be closer to me and my oldest brother. We tried to get dad to move down here last year, when my brother and his wife moved down, but dad balked at living with family. Now we've arrangements for him to go into an assisted living facility, and he's looking forward to the move (so are we). The only fly in the ointment is that I'll miss the Atlanta … [Read more...]