Quote for the Day

My own experience in a variety of contexts suggests that the number one problem, the most common source of resistance to both evangelization and spiritual growth in Christian terms, is the angry, punishing father-god of patriarchal oppression. It is something of a mystery to me that this God concept, so foreign to the actual contents of the gospel and Jesus' picture of his Abba, should be assumed by so many to be what in fact Christianity offers, and the degree to which it remains embedded in … [Read more...]

Remember you are dust, destined for Divinity

I wish everyone who reads these words a blessed Ash Wednesday and a Holy Lent.Monday I was speaking with one of the brothers at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and he noted that the Vatican does not require any particular words to be said during the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. Most priests say something along the lines of "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."  But this particular monk says... Remember you are dust, destined for Divinity. This reminds me of the … [Read more...]

Beloved Dust

Beloved Dust: Tides of the Spirit in the Christian Life By Robert Davis Hughes, III New York: Continuum, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanThis is actually just a "teaser" review. I just got my copy of Beloved Dust yesterday, which means I've only given it a cursory glance:  so I'm only going to do a brief mini-review of this book for now. But this book deserves a careful reading, so after I've read it, I'll come back and write about it in greater depth. Let me offer a disclaimer: Bob Hughes was my … [Read more...]