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March 06, 2018
As I Lay (Nearly) Dying
At first I didn’t know that I was dying. I’d been rushed to the hospital...
February 14, 2018
Suffering and Ash Wednesday
Suffering is the most dissociative word in the Christian lexicon. Raised Catholic, I was taught...
May 02, 2017
By Matt Newcomb. My father held the wall to work his way from the bed...
April 12, 2017
God is a Wild Old Dog
God is a wild old dog / Someone left out on the highway —Patty Griffin...
April 06, 2017
By Jen Pollock Michel. It was the summer of Leiby Kletzy, the eight-year-old Hasidic boy...
March 16, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 2
The following is a response to Morgan Meis’s letter posted yesterday. Dear Morgan: Thanks for...
March 15, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 1
Today Morgan Meis continues his periodic exchanges with Image founder Gregory Wolfe. Dear Greg, When...
February 07, 2017
The Song of the Desert
“The Word of God which is his comfort is also his distress. The liturgy, which...
January 17, 2017
Black Lives, Black Art
I happened to be re-reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin when the current issue of Image (#90)...
November 21, 2016
Listening to Beautiful Darkness
Waking from the Nightmare A little girl awakens in an autumn wood. She stands, looks...
August 31, 2016
Microbes, Miracles, and Monstrosities
I’ve always promised myself I wouldn’t work with anything living, a prohibition I applied first...
June 20, 2016
My HIV Test
By Paul Luikart Here’s something I never told my parents: some years ago I got...
June 07, 2016
A Letter To My Sister
Eve, my sister The one who took the fall Eve, my sister Mother of us...
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...
March 22, 2016
Refugees Are People, Not a Crisis
Sometimes the horrors in the news are so overwhelming that I’m left speechless. This is...
March 09, 2016
Finding My Inner Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane lumbered around Deadwood in fringed buckskins, spitting, cursing, and waving her whiskey flask...
February 24, 2016
Peace, My Animal
"Benedic, anima mea," I say each night to the mouse that lives behind my desk....
October 13, 2015
Lucia Berlin: A Master of Catholic Fiction, Part 2
By Jenny Shank Continued from yesterday. Catholic imagery appears throughout Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for...
September 21, 2015
Let Me Die Like This
When I die, Lord, let me go in a plane crash, spiraling down, earthward, earthward,...
September 11, 2015
By Shannon Huffman Polson I’d just put my two young sons to bed when I...
August 04, 2015
Walter White is My Shining Star
When I first met Walter White, I was in pretty bad shape. Incapacitated by my...
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 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 12, 2015
There’s a line from last year’s thought-provoking film, Calvary, that’s uttered by a young French...
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...
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