This New Mercy

We talk a lot about how bad sin is, and it is bad. As Augustine reminds us, sin is nothing short of a reduction of our personhood. What is often experienced, but not often talked about, is how ordinary and repetitive sin can be. How often do we find ourselves stuck in a grinding routine, any routine, and find ourselves feeling demeaned, less than what we were meant to be, a less than human cog in a machine of mere… Read more

Don’t Be Blind to the Paradoxes of Faith

  In living out the Christian life, there will certainly come a time when giving an apologia or explanation of the faith will become necessary, when either questions are asked or challenges posed to its central tenets. When these times come, Christians can be understandably enthusiastic about providing the best possible case for the faith. Sometimes, the same apologetic impulse can drive theological discussions within the Church. What is becoming increasingly apparent, however, is that in the drive to protect… Read more

Repost: The Politics of All Saints Day

Nota Bene: This is a repost of a piece published 5 years ago today , on the Feast of All Saints. At the time of writing (2012), The Sydney Morning Herald had reported on the Australian government’s proposal to excise all of the Australian mainland from the migration map, as a means to curb asylum seekers who arrive onto the mainland by boat (and for some reason, only by boat) to apply for refugee status. The measure effectively makes all irregular migrants that… Read more

From the Vault: Divine Wedgie Podcasts on Soundcloud

It has been busy at the office, and so I have been unable to to write a new post this week. However, it has prompted me to revisit old material that, even though it might have been produced in the recent past, would have been long since forgotten. While I have written about podcasts by the Divine Wedgie on Cradio, I also have produced a few other podcasts in my own right, in association with friends at Campion College Australia, DePaul… Read more

The Heft of Heaven

Almost twenty years ago, Goo Goo Dolls made a name for themselves with a song that began with “…and I’d give up forever to touch you”. The song then became synonymous with the movie City of Angels, in which the main protagonist, a disembodied angel named Seth, would give up his existence gliding through the eternal plane to become an embodied schmuck in time. His motivation, his love for another embodied schmuck in time. I do not think it would be… Read more

Bodies Between Heaven & Earth

I have just started trawling through some old essays for tips for a potential project on faith and embodiment. One theme that is constantly jumping out is the body operating as a kind of doorway, the tactile yet liminal border between the physical and the metaphysical, the temporal and the eternal (I have written on the subject of liminality here). In art and philosophy, the body continues to be a constant theme of interest, not in and of itself, but… Read more

Nostalgia, Reality & the Voice of God

I had trouble sleeping last week. I would wake up in the middle of the night and find myself stricken by nostalgia, longing for the times when I was studying or working overseas. This usually resulted in me getting up in the mornings not only-sleep deprived, but having my half-waking haze peppered by feelings of angst. A chat with a friend about these past experiences over the weekend helped me realise that a very basic component of the angst was… Read more

Scattered & Gathered: Catholics in Diaspora

The good folk at Wipf & Stock have just published the third volume in their “Studies in World Catholicism” series, which draw on papers presented in “World Catholicism Week”, which is organised by the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at Depaul University in Chicago. Prof. Michael Budde of the Department of Catholic Studies at Depaul University has edited a volume entitled Scattered and Gathered: Catholics in Diaspora which as the back cover describes, looks at the Catholic faith in the context… Read more

Spontaneous Personal Prayer is Superior, Right?

There is a memorable scene in an episode of the American television series Judging Amy (1999-2005). In that scene Bruce van Exel, a self-confessed and somewhat devout Catholic Court Services Officer, wants to say night prayers with his daughter, Rebecca. The only problem was that Bruce left Rebecca with his sister that day, and his sister took Rebecca to a traditional bible-only black protestant Church, which she frequents. Thus, when asked to pray, Rebecca starts belting out many familiar tropes associated with… Read more

From the Vault: the Divine Wedgie Podcast Series

If you have been following the evolution of the Divine Wedgie over time, first up, a big thank you. More seasoned readers would remember that, for a time, I ran a podcast series in tandem with the blog. That series was in partnership with the Australian Catholic online radio station Cradio.  While new work commitments have prevented me from continuing the podcast series, I still read up on folks on social media who have dipped into them and even written about them…. Read more

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