The Metaphor of the Immovable Ladder

The Immovable Ladder  (Photo credit: Diana von Glahn, The Faithful Traveler)

Some years ago, a coworker told me the story of the vacuum cleaner and the bow.  My coworker was by nature a neatnik, putting his dirty clothes in the hamper and his mail in the trash as a matter of habit. When he married a woman who was a clutterer, there began a silent war between the two.  She left the upright vacuum cleaner sitting in the living room; and after several days, he made his point--adorning it with a large red bow.  There it stood from that time forward, a reminder of the great ch … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, Holy Land Peacemaker; But Will It Work?

The world's a mess, it seems.  The downed airplane in Ukraine; the drug cartels and irrepressible violence driving children northward from Mexico and Central America; the unremitting terrorism in parts of the world where Islamists seek to impose their culture by force....And of course, the rising tensions in the Holy Land, where Israel and Palestine continue their struggle to define their borders. *     *     *     *     * And into that strife between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis inte … [Read more...]

Holy Land Catholic Explains Price Tag Vandalism, Catholic Immigrants in Tel Aviv, and More

What a whirlwind trip to the Holy Land!  Pope Francis, if he's tired or ill as some journalists have suggested, shows none of that--as he moves smoothly from one event, one teaching opportunity to the next. First, I'd like to share a couple of great shots from the Pope's journey:  First, Pope Francis in Bethlehem, at the site of some of the recent vandalism; and second, at the River Jordan, at the site where Jesus was baptized by his cousin John. Thanks once again to my friend and guest b … [Read more...]