Radical Forgiveness

There's a man here in the Atlanta area (I think he's from Britain originally) named Colin Tipping who has written a book called Radical Forgiveness. I haven't read it, so I can't say too much about the book one way or the other. But I love the title, that alone makes the book worth considering. I thought about it the other day when I was flipping through a different book, one which we sell at the Abbey Store (alas, I can't remember which one, but it was a garden-variety book on Christian prayer) … [Read more...]

A Political/Spiritual Experiment

Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. — James 4:11I don't normally write about politics on this blog, for a number of reasons. I believe that the good news of Christian mysticism is for everyone, not just for people who see eye to eye with me politically, and so I am hesitant to alienate some readers with my political … [Read more...]

Drench Anger with Forgiveness

Feminist Catholic theologian Elizabeth Johnson recently gave a truly inspiring keynote address at a conference for Religious leadership in Denver. In her talk she addresses the question of progressives who are angry at the entrenched patriarchal power within the church. Her advice: "Drench anger with forgiveness."National Catholic Reporter covered the talk and you can read their story about it here. Her recounting of Bernard Haring's sermon on the prodigal son is alone worth the read. On a … [Read more...]


Fran and I went to church twice today: with my dad at the Lutheran Church we've been taking him to in Athens, and then later in the day at our home Catholic Church.So twice today we've prayed the Lord's Prayer. "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us" takes on an entirely new depth of meaning when reeling from being burglarized!But it's a good new depth. Fran and I were talking yesterday about how it's stuff like this that puts one's faith to the test. Sure, … [Read more...]