Oh, Lord, Come by Here!: Letting Our Longings Out

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No matter how you spin it, the papal interview published last Thursday has prompted some remarkable soul-searching. When that seed fell on the good ground here in the Patheos Catholic neighborhood and environs, it was as though the spring rains had come to California's high desert. Something impossibly beautiful is blooming in the way that Catholics of all ages and conditions and walks of life and places on the gameboard are wrangling personally with what they hear in Pope Francis's … [Read more...]

The Parable of the Papal Interview

Vincent van Gogh, Sower with the Setting Sun

Hear this! A pope went out to give an interview.¬†And as he talked, some of his words fell to the media, and those birds gobbled them up before they could even be heard. Others of his words fell to those who didn't understand his context. They received his message with joy, but the first time it occurred to them how difficult it would be to live by those words, their enthusiasm withered like seedlings in a drought. Some of his words fell among cranky people who believed those words … [Read more...]


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