Did God Forsake Jesus On the Cross?

Christ of Saint John of the Cross, by Salvador Dali

When Mother Teresa’s private journals were published after her death, the surprising revelation was that she spoke of long periods where the sense of the absence of God was more real to her than God’s presence. In Mark’s version of the passion narrative Jesus utters a single saying from the cross: “My God, my God, [Read More...]

Resurrection: Calculating the Probabilities

From photographer Matt Malloy's Smeared Sky series. http://www.boredpanda.com/smeared-sky-matt-molloy/

The end of the Gospel of Mark is, shall we say, indecisive. Mark’s account of the resurrection begins with the women going to anoint Jesus body and discovering the stone rolled away, Jesus’ body gone missing, and “a young man, dressed in a white robe” sitting in the tomb. This man tells them not to [Read More...]

The Cross, Part 6: They Should Have Sent a Poet

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Like most six-year-olds on their first day of school, I remember sitting excited and terrified.  My desk was made of grey metal and blonde wood, with a square laminate tabletop angled in such a way that your pencil rattled down if it wasn’t placed in the dark groove.  In the right corner was my name, [Read More...]


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