From Henri Nouwen, “The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom”

Simply start by admitting that you cannot cure yourself. You have to say yes fully to your powerlessness in order to let God heal you. But it is not really a question of first and then. Your willingness to experience your powerlessness already includes the beginning of surrender to God’s action in you. --via … [Read more...]

The Beauty of Obedience

After I spoke on that panel in New York last night, some of the organizers took us out to dinner. They mentioned that this was the last of three panels on Gay Catholic Whatnot (the first two having been on Scripture and moral theology, I think), and we discussed whether it made sense to open out the discussion to broader topics. I think the organizers were probably right to avoid bringing in new tangentially-related topics like e.g. Women in the Church, but if I got to pick the most important … [Read more...]

“The Agony of a Steadily Trusting Faith”: Wesley Hill

quotes Walter Moberly [O]ne should not so romanticize the process of moral and spiritual struggle that the Lukan depiction of Jesus as one who maintains apparent serenity and trust amidst suffering is downgraded; as though an anguished and in some ways vacillating struggle for faith is intrinsically superior to a steadily trusting faith; or as though a steadily trusting faith did not involve its own kind of moral and spiritual struggle. and expands on his words.  … [Read more...]

“What Is the Purpose of Lent?”

I'm in the NYT "Room for Debate," w/John Corvino, Rod Dreher, Maria Scaperlanda, & Patrick & Charlotte Markey. ...But if all of that leaves you cold — if you feel like you don't “get anything” from Lent — your experience may actually be the most thoroughly Christian response possible. Because Lent isn't a self-improvement project, even a spiritual self-improvement project. It isn't a diet or a life beautification regime.Lent is a promise to walk with Jesus even into the desert. It is … [Read more...]

#lifehacks (this one is recycled from Twitter)

Express a religious longing as mental illness, then as identity politics. … [Read more...]

“Other”: Gay Subtlety

blogs: ...The reason I’m even commenting on these brief flashes of “unawareness” or whatever-it-is, of not being consumed with feelings of “otherness,” is because this is the last place I expected to experience something like this. I flew down to Central America alone, re-entered “la bodega”, and have daily come up against rampant and incessant homophobia from the teenage boys I live with (and Central America’s machismo culture in general) – a recipe for angst and feeling super-gay and isolated. … [Read more...]

“An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task”: Tim Carney

writes: Daily saving the life of an immobile kid with a fatal disease raises some fundamental questions. What is the point of such a life? Which raises the prior question: What is the purpose of any life? more … [Read more...]


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