“The Peace of God is the Power of the People”: Remembering Emmett Jarrett (1939-2010)

  I am sad to have learned of the passing of Fr. Emmett Jarrett, TSSF who died on October 9 from cancer. I met Fr. Emmett in 1995 when his church, St. Michael and All Angels in Stone Mountain, hosted a "Lenten Oasis" event featuring one of my heroes, the Anglican theologian Kenneth Leech. I learned that Fr. Emmett and Fr. Ken were good friends, as Emmett had studied under Ken some years back in London. From that event, I developed a warm acquaintance with Fr. Ken (who recently … [Read more...]

Economy of Love

Economy of Love: Creating a Community of Enough A Resource of Relational Tithe Video Sessions with Shane Claiborne Kansas City: The House Studio, 2010 Review by Carl McColman"America thrives on a simple message — that what we currently have is not enough. Not big enough, not nice enough, not fast or hip enough."This is the tag line on the back of the Economy of Love box, which contains a 120 page book (that can be easily read in a single sitting) and a DVD with five short video segments, f … [Read more...]

Technical Contemplation and Relational Contemplation

I'm reading an interesting essay, called "Psychedelic Contemplation." It's in a book called Resistance and Contemplation: The Way of Liberation by James W. Douglass. Douglass is a peace activist who first came to prominence protesting the Vietnam War (he's still at it, nowadays living in a Catholic Worker House in Birmingham and still writing about nonviolence and Catholic theology). Resistance and Contemplation first was published in 1972, so it has an immediacy to the events and zeitgeist of … [Read more...]

Mysticism and Politics

"Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics," said Charles Péguy. From a Christian perspective, this not only makes sense, but it is a good thing. The vertical axis of the Cross represents "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND," while the horizontal arm represents its corollary, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF" (see Matthew 22:37-39). Just as you can't have a proper cross without both its vertical and horizontal … [Read more...]

Local and Universal

Christianity claims to be a universal spirituality: it's for all people, at all times, in all places. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations," Jesus instructs his followers at the close of the Gospel of Matthew. All the nations: everyone is invited. It's not just for Jewish folks, or people from the Middle East, or people of European ancestry. It's for everybody. As a monotheistic faith, it worships a God who is seen to be the One God for all people and places. No matter what your c … [Read more...]

Sorry, Mr. Weigel, the Cafeteria is Closed

I don't normally venture into politics in this blog. I believe that contemplative prayer and Christian mysticism are for everyone, across the political spectrum. However, a blog post that I have just read, critiquing a prominent Catholic pundit who appears to have let his partisan politics cloud his assessment of Papal teaching, is, I believe, worth passing on, and contains a lesson for all of us.George Weigel, who has made a career for himself exploiting the relationship between Catholic … [Read more...]

Douglas Kmiec on Obama and the Catholic Blogosphere

...Right-wing Catholic bloggers, acting as a thinly disguised political front for the GOP, remain fixated on the goal of precipitating an unnecessary war between the Holy See and America’s next administration. It is dismaying to see a few American prelates and their “anonymous” Vatican commentators acting as witting or unwitting coconspirators in this divisive action. Obama himself has written that the golden rule tells us that we “need to battle cruelty in all its forms, [with] the value of lov … [Read more...]