Musical Rosary #13: Descent of the Holy Spirit

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Kind of a stretch today, but the Holy Spirit calls us together and guides us when we act as a Christian community. Pentecost is a story of diversity within unity: the wildly varied languages which express a common call from God, like the many weird vocations by which we serve that same … [Read more...]

First Things on Rhetoric of Sin and Control in Orthodox Christianity and in Eating Disorder Recovery

Really fascinating piece which I hope sparks (see what I did there?) a much-needed conversation: One cannot encounter Orthodoxy without also encountering food aplenty. People customarily do not eat their first meal until after receiving the Eucharist, so eating together comes to define the community. Along with the times of feasting, four fasting seasons collectively span sixteen to twenty-two weeks each calendar year, giving rise to popular Orthodox cookbooks featuring extensive “Lenten” … [Read more...]

Mark Shea on one of my pet obsessions

(All my pets are obsessions.) But no, I'm amazed at how often we cut ourselves off from a way of life which would be immensely fruitful for us, because we don't identify with something we view as its central metaphor. See previous posts here (top post) and here. Shea: This phenomenon of Evangelicals discovering truths of Catholic theology by accident happens quite often.  I have thought more than once that it might be handy to compile a Catholic/Evangelical phrasebook that would allow both … [Read more...]

“Coming out… Orthodox,” parts one and two.

Really good stuff, much needed. Part one has a meaty paragraph about vocation and how parish communities can foster or stifle honesty and compassion (and I also got a lot from the comment by Pete, at 12.58). In part two, what was most striking to me was the contrast of the metaphor of discovery and the metaphor of integration. Although as a convert I obviously feel the metaphor of discovery pretty strongly, I agree that the second metaphor can be especially helpful for gay/same-sex attracted … [Read more...]


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