Late for Holy Saturday. But if I wait another year to post this, I’ll forget.

It is a good thing to remember that in the cosmic drama, we live out our days on Saturday, the in-between day with no name. I know a woman whose grandmother lies buried under 150-year-old live oak trees in the cemetery of an Episcopal church in rural Louisiana. In accordance with the grandmother’s instructions, only one word is carved on the tombstone: ‘Waiting.’ --Philip Yancey, via … [Read more...]

Auden shouted from the back of the lecture hall, “ON GOOD FRIDAY THE SPEARS WERE REAL.”

Wesley Hill, "The Anger Room." … [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...]

LA County juvenile detainees’ letters to Pope Francis

We welcome their voices and publish the letters that will be read at a service Thursday evening with the Director of Novices and 11 Jesuit novices, each one washing the feet of an inmate at the juvenile hall where kids are sentenced as adults. more (via Tim Carney) … [Read more...]

“I would love to be told”

yes, yes, yes: What I find so attractive, therefore, about Catholicism is the fact that many–though certainly not all–of the practices within the church are grounded in something beyond fad and the opinion of a single pastor or leader. Put another way, I think a huge part of me would actually like it if my pastor said, “For the next 40 days, you’re fasting.” I wouldn’t like it if he was just making a power-play, trying to bind my conscience and create a new means through which to shame me. But i … [Read more...]

VEGAN: Teach Your Kids It’s Not a Dirty Word!

Sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway, for those of you in need of Lenten inspiration, here's some service journalism: Serious Eats on going vegan. Includes tips on soup, pantry staples, going vegan for the first time, and lots more. … [Read more...]

From “The House of the Dead”

As the sixth week of Lent came I had to go through my religious exercises, for the convicts were divided by the sub-superintendent into seven sections--answering to the weeks in Lent--and these had to attend to their devotions according to this roster. Each section was composed of about thirty men. This week was a great solace to me; we went two or three times a day to the church, which was close to the prison. I had not been in church for a long time. The Lenten services, familiar to me from … [Read more...]


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