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March 16, 2018
Poetry Friday: “God Reads the Poem of the World with Interest”
How to image good and evil? It’s hard to do in a way that astounds...
September 01, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Psalm of Your Face”
“Lord, let…”: this is how nearly every sentence of Nicholas Samaras’s “The Psalm of Your...
May 19, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Spirit of Promise”
Memories can make good material for poetry. In “The Spirit of Promise,” Daniel Donaghy is...
February 16, 2017
Epiphany in the Memory Unit
By Cameron Dezen Hammon. The priest’s wife handed me her half full can of beer....
March 25, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Divine Wrath” by Adélia Prado
Multiple members of my family live with chronic pain, which is why I’m always arrested...
September 28, 2015
My Days of Awe, 5776
Impatience. Anger. Wastefulness. Restlessness. Desire. Haughtiness. Greed. Judgement. Pride. § I’ve been paying...
August 03, 2015
Original Sin and the Warp Effect
One of the great writers—to my recollection, Flannery O’Connor—said something to the effect that everything...
July 30, 2015
Having Enough: Jacob, Esau, and the Great Books
Guest post by Jonathan Hiskes It feels silly to say I studied the classics because...
July 29, 2015
Bullets in My House
By Paul Luikart Last Wednesday I settled down on the couch to do something I’d...
June 15, 2015
His Murderer and His Keeper
Some days I can’t remember: Am I Abel or Cain? Blackberry soda in the afternoon...
May 20, 2015
Monasticism in Lockdown America, Part 9: Psalms, In the End
Continued from yesterday. Thinking of the psalms as a way to cycle through the...
May 19, 2015
Monasticism in Lockdown America, Part 8: Psalms, In the Beginning
I always privately hated the psalms. Most of them, anyway. As a teenager, I’d leaf...
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...
April 06, 2015
Internet Jubilee: A Holy Year of Mercy
On a recent Sunday, my pastor preached on the idea of the jubilee year as...
April 02, 2015
The Kiss of Judas
When Judas approached Jesus in the Garden and kissed him, how do you think Jesus...
March 26, 2015
Monasticism In Lockdown America, Part 7: Holy Fool
Continued from yesterday. Hank’s trembling confession had charged the small jail visitation cell where...
March 25, 2015
Monasticism in Lockdown America, Part 6: Icons
The jail staff asked if I would meet with some of the guys in the...
January 08, 2015
Girl Meets God in the Classroom, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. On the first day of my class “Spiritual Autobiographies: Theirs and Ours,”...
September 10, 2014
Songs Dead Men Sing
Guest Post by Cathy Warner In the backseat of our minivan I swig an individual...
March 24, 2014
When the Matches Go Out
When Marie-Henri Beyle visited Florence, that city named for its place among waters, he thought...
January 24, 2014
Walking Toward Forgiveness
Outside our trailer park, a set of railroad tracks ran from east to west, dividing...
January 15, 2014
Waking My Mother: Lost and Found
When someone dies, we say to the surviving family members, “I’m sorry for your loss.”...
December 12, 2013
Writing My Mother’s Icon
Blessed Santa Barbara, / Your story is written in the sky, / With paper and...
November 29, 2013
He Loves Me Anyway:
Guest Post by Christine A. Scheller What good is a shepherd that goes to sleep?...
November 20, 2013
Complaint to a Profligate God
I am sick of God’s injustice. Everywhere and at all times, the guilty walk free,...
October 17, 2013
Honor Thy Mother
It came to me one quiet afternoon, a couple weeks after we were home from...
June 24, 2013
Friendship, by Guilt or Grace
In February I published Love and Salt, a book of letters I wrote with my...
June 13, 2013
A few months ago an old friend of mine emailed and asked me to forgive...
May 07, 2013
Emerging from the Tomb Intact
There’s a moment in Anna Karenina in which a frustrated Anna turns to her husband....
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