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July 29, 2016
Poetry Friday: Four Sonnets
Sonnets meditating on illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages may sound a bit sanctimonious, even...
July 07, 2016
The Vegan at Our Chicken Slaughter
A few years ago, we invited the newest neighbor in our rural intentional Christian community...
June 28, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 1
I remember my social security number. I remember the combination to a lock—13 right, 27...
May 19, 2016
The Long Regretful Wait
By Tony Woodlief My mother’s quavering voicemail was right: I hadn’t called in a long...
May 17, 2016
Grief and the Weight of Glory
The wind whips through the quilts and sheets on our clothesline, cracking now and then...
April 19, 2016
The Wounds of Resurrection
As my husband prepared for an Easter sermon a few weeks ago, our dinnertime conversations...
April 05, 2016
A Dancing Christ
On Holy Saturday, I woke up at my sister's house in northern Minnesota with a...
March 14, 2016
The Living Among the Dead
Thanksgiving Day after I turned four: high fever at dinner, a drive through a blizzard,...
March 08, 2016
Thawing at the Edges
When the spring teases me one day, outplaying the winter dullness for just an afternoon,...
February 24, 2016
Peace, My Animal
"Benedic, anima mea," I say each night to the mouse that lives behind my desk....
December 08, 2015
A Christian Jew and a Jewish Christian
By Alissa Herbaly Coons Summer is here in Australia, a string of perfectly forgettable sunny...
December 03, 2015
By Laura Bramon The summer before you died, I hid on the roof in Tollygunge....
October 23, 2015
Hamster Hospice: Caring for God’s Tiny Creatures
For my son, Alex In the final months before our hamster died, I would lie...
October 16, 2015
The Way of Saint James
My Uncle Jimmy died in September at the age of ninety. Born in Sicily, he...
October 09, 2015
Our Lady’s Football Team
Every Saturday morning in fall I wake up and feel a tinge of disappointment that...
September 21, 2015
Let Me Die Like This
When I die, Lord, let me go in a plane crash, spiraling down, earthward, earthward,...
August 28, 2015
When It Comes to Love, We’re
By Jeffrey Overstreet During a lecture last March , I spoke fondly of a friend...
August 26, 2015
A Requiem for Rejects
By Chad Thomas Johnston He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows,...
June 15, 2015
His Murderer and His Keeper
Some days I can’t remember: Am I Abel or Cain? Blackberry soda in the afternoon...
June 02, 2015
The Beautiful Attitudes
By Dyana Herron I clearly remember the last day of being nine. I stood in...
June 01, 2015
Charlie Hebdo and the Inner Soul of Humor
My friend Justin Smith recently wrote a piece for Harper’s Magazine. Justin is a brilliant...
May 29, 2015
By Jessica Mesman Griffith My best friend died suddenly almost two years ago. She’d lived...
May 12, 2015
There’s a line from last year’s thought-provoking film, Calvary, that’s uttered by a young French...
May 08, 2015
Sugar, Sugar, Part 2: May 8, 2015
Continued from yesterday. When the editors of Good Letters first asked if they could rerun...
May 07, 2015
Sugar, Sugar, Part 1: June 10, 2011
I’ve written before about my father’s alcoholism. From my adolescence until his death, I spent...
May 06, 2015
My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected
By Chad Thomas Johnston It was a Saturday night and my wife, Becki, wanted to...
May 05, 2015
When We Die
A text from a friend: “What do you believe happens when we die?” She’d recently...
May 04, 2015
Las Madres: Art and Death in the Arizona Desert
"The artist is a beggar because she is empty, waiting to be filled. But the...
April 24, 2015
The Soul of the Law
At the beginning of the old Norton Anthology of English Literature (4th Ed.) appeared this...
April 07, 2015
Saving the World: A Reflection on Germanwings Flight 9525
A couple of weeks ago, a German man decided to kill himself. There are thousands...
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