“Monk Takes Devotion to New Heights”…

...by sitting on them. … [Read more...]

I’m quoted in this article about Pope Francis & gay Christians

Here it is! … [Read more...]

“Our Hearts Are Restless”: Powerful Piece on Vocation

from Catholicism for Cutters: ...Within a day of relative silence and solitude, I found not peace but an inner restlessness. It’s always been there—and perhaps always will be—it’s driven me in my academic pursuits and in my drug abuse, at my best and at my worst. And it was certainly what drove me to the Church. But I always found the famous quote from St. Augustine—”O Lord, our hearts are restless until the rest in You”—to be more of a torment than a comfort, a prickly accusation that I was not … [Read more...]

Tales of a “Bootleg Baptist”

various good stuff in the First Things tribute to the late Will Campbell, but this part leaped out at me: My favorite Will Campbell story is about a Baptist pastor he once knew in Louisiana named Thad Garner. Despite his affable smile and trips to the Holy Land, Reverend Garner was not a model pastor. One day Campbell cornered him with a question, “Thad, why did you ever decide to be a Baptist preacher?” “’Cause I was called, you fool!” he thundered. more … [Read more...]

“Called to Celibacy Unchosen”: Aaron Taylor

in First Things: Addressing women who knew they would never be able to marry because the lives of too many of their country’s men had been claimed by the Second World War, Pope Pius XII had the following to say in 1945:When one thinks of the women who voluntarily renounce matrimony in order to consecrate themselves to a life of contemplation, sacrifice, and charity, immediately there comes to one’s lips a luminous word: vocation! [But] this vocation, this call of love, makes itself felt in … [Read more...]

Probably from “Sculpting in Time: The Great Russian Filmmaker Discusses His Art”

“What is art?,” asked Tarkovsky. “Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.” --I found it here … [Read more...]

From “Gilead”

Calvin says somewhere that each of us is an actor on a stage and God is the audience. That metaphor has always interested me, because it makes us artists of our behavior, and the reaction of God to us might be thought of as aesthetic rather than morally judgmental in the ordinary sense. How well do we understand our role? With how much assurance do we perform it? I suppose Calvin's God was a Frenchman, just as mine is a Middle Westerner of New England extraction. Well, we all bring such light to … [Read more...]


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