The Incarnation is the Revelation

What Tom said:The Incarnation is not something the Son did in order to be able to reveal the Father to us thirty years later. The Incarnation is itself the revelation of the Father. … [Read more...]

Christianity in Three Books

Rod Dreher has asked his readers to pick three books about Christianity to recommend to those who know little about it. In response to his fairly specific ground rules, Leah Libresco picked Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton, and The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky. My favorite passage from her post:Ok, and my second choice is, also predictably, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. If Mere Christianity helps make Christianity comprehensible, Orthodoxy makes it … [Read more...]

All the World’s a Stage

In a play, the actors don't speak to the audience they way they do to each other. To us, they say, "Is this a dagger I see before me?" and "It is the east; and Juliet is the damn-fool who is going to get me killed in the last act." To each other they say, "You're in my way," and "Will you stop upstaging me?" and "Will you stop stepping on my lines?" and "Will you stop stepping on my toes?" and "Where did that come from?" As the audience, we don't really want to know what goes on during … [Read more...]

Religion *Is* a Relationship

Leah Libresco says that time spent on religious activities isn't time taken away from your primary relationships; rather, religion is a relationship:I certainly spend some Sunday mornings grumping about in bed, not wanting to get up and schlep for a forty minute walk to Church. Or having to get up at 6am to get to the very early Mass, so I can make it to work when I’m needed. And I’ll admit that, in the moment, it feels a bit like a privation.But I’m not having my time or energy stolen … [Read more...]

Fumbly, Stumbly, Wooly-headed, Thick-tongued Prayers

Prayer is a massive, wonderful, frightening thing. God is there and wants to hear from us and to help us. Hard for a low-down no-good sinner to accept. Massively hard. But it’s the Truth. He has given me This Day.So saith The Fat Guy, Scott Chaffin.I've been distantly acquainted with Scott for many years, more or less since the dawn of the Blogosphere. I've read his blog off and on, and every so often he's left a comment on mine, reminding me that he's still around. He's always w … [Read more...]

Bootstrapping the Interior Life

This is a the first post in a series that appeared on my old blog (with minor differences) some time back. I intend to re-post the series here, one post a week, for the next few months.The interior life is an essential part of Christian discipleship, one that I've been learning about over the last few years, and I find that I've got a few things to say about it and how to embark upon it—though I hasten to add that I'm no expert. I don't intend to be in any way exhaustive; I simply intend to … [Read more...]

The Most Difficult Saint to Know

Yesterday was the feast day of St. Francis. Sts. Dominic and Francis were contemporaries, and founded the orders that bear their names at more or less the same time. (It amuses me that the Franciscans, the Order of Friars Minor, which is to say the "Little Brothers", were found just slightly before the Dominicans.) It's been said that Dominic is the most difficult saint to love; and Br. Leo Camurati, OP, argues that St. Francis is the most difficult saint to know. Francis has always been … [Read more...]

Dissent Detectors

In Jennifer Fitz's truly excellent reflection on Pope Francis' recent series of interviews, she said something that made me laugh—because I recognized myself in it:I’m sympathetic with those who’ve been poisoned by so much wishy-washy faithy-ism that their dissent-detectors are set to 1 part per billion.Some day I might write more about my experiences in the Episcopal Church, a landscape of lush beautiful valleys cheek-by-jowl with arid chasms spray-painted green. And yes, I've acquired … [Read more...]

The Oak and the Apple

My younger son is preparing for confirmation. The program this year is more involved than in past years; each month, the confirmands are required to study twenty or so questions from the Youcat—with their parents—and take an on-line quiz. Questions resulting from this steady are used to direct the next class session. It's very cool, and we're enjoying it quite a bit.Anyway, we were discussing question 76 ("Why did God become man in Jesus?") about how Christ is fully human, like us in all … [Read more...]