Pascha, religious freedom, US reporting

It has been an especially precarious Lent and Holy Week in many parts of the Arab world. more … [Read more...]

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“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...]

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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...]

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

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

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“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...]

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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...]

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“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...]

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