Retracing My Footsteps in the City of Saints (#6a): A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Catholic: Part 1 – by Eugenia Geisel

This is the sixth in a series of posts entitled Retracing My Footsteps in the City of Saints by Eugenia Geisel for Eastern Catholic Person on her experience of encountering the saints in Kraków as part of the ordinary supernatural during World Youth Day. There are four previous posts, one on the Black Madonna, a second on Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, a third on Holy [Read More…]

Richard Mouw and the Chinese church

At least among the friends I keep, the piece that the Reformed evangelical theologian Richard Mouw wrote for his Religion News Service column last week on Christians in China did him no favors. I alluded to this, alongside the news about Josh Harris’s new documentary, when I was trying to contextualize Eugene Peterson’s being for same-sex marriage [Read More…]

‘Today, I am going to teach you how to fall in love’: on I Kissed Dating Goodbye

A Protestant friend of mine told me recently that I have ‘an oedipal thing with Protestantism’ and cannot seem to stay in my own ecclesial lane, as much as I try. After writing yesterday’s post on Eugene Peterson, I can confirm that his psychoanalysis is right on the money. Today, I am going to give into [Read More…]

Eugene Peterson (and ‘evangelicalism,’ more generally) in a world made up only of intentions

Eugene Peterson is a Protestant pastor and theologian. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA) and is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, a graduate school of Christian studies in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the translator of the bestselling paraphrase of the Holy Scriptures called The Message; he is [Read More…]

‘Dead white guys,’ Asian style

Among Sam Rocha’s essays in Tell Them Something Beautiful, one of the ones that most resonates with me is titled ‘Dead White Guys,’ a revision of a 2012 piece he had put into First Things. In it, Sam recounts his relationship to the philosophical and literary canon of ‘dead white guys,’ some of whom are still alive. He says [Read More…]

Sam Rocha told me something beautiful

Sam Rocha told me recently that I am not a geographer. You are a geometer, he said. Meter precedes writing. Among the many things he has told me, this is the most recent, I think. He has actually been telling me things for a long time, from before the time we met (online, as it happened). This [Read More…]

LAST WEEK’S SERIES: being Cantonese in the church’s service of liberation to the world

On Monday, I wrote a post on Hong Kong, and I was frustrated. Perhaps the uneasiness had begun on Sunday, when I had written on St John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco. By the end of the week, my restlessness had turned into a weeklong blog series. My uneasiness lay in the fact that [Read More…]

To write Cantonese, to write the truth, to write in the Spirit who renews the face of the earth

I am finding these days that whenever I write something, I usually get pulled despite my best attempts at discipline toward unexpected rabbit trails that I feel compelled to follow. Sometimes, as I was trained since elementary school, I have a plan – an outline, a mental map, or something – that I’m trying to [Read More…]

To be Cantonese in a colonized church

A few weeks ago, I was having pizza and beer with a group of people in Chicago who can perhaps be described as some of the intellectuals of the Greek-Catholic Church of Kyiv. A lot was said that I do not remember, but I do remember one of the things I said. For some reason, [Read More…]

On my bad jook sing translation of the ‘air of righteousness’ (Cantonese, yi-hei 義氣)

In my last post, I sort of let the cat out of the bag on how I’ve been translating the term 義氣, which is pronounced yi-hei in Cantonese and yiqi in Mandarin. I have been calling it the air of righteousness, with ‘righteousness’ for 義 and ‘air’ for 氣. Yi-hei 義氣 refers to an essence of a person [Read More…]