LORD, MAKE ME A BANYAN TREE

We lost a mighty tree in our front yard this winter.  It was an ash, and yes, it was already dead—defeated by Michigan’s pernicious emerald ash borer.   When it toppled during a windstorm, it brought down the electrical wires, snapping a wooden pole, pulling the meter off our house and taking out the cable and internet in one fell swoop.  The weight of the massive trunk wrestled the roots from the damp earth, and 80 feet of bark and bole and branch sprawled across the lawn.Looking at the snar … [Read more...]

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Should the Catholic Church Sell St. Peter’s Basilica to Help the Poor?

"I looked up at the great basilica, and I had two reactions:  First, I appreciated its beauty and reverence; but then I thought, 'What corruption caused someone to spend so much on this building when people are hungry'?"*     *     *     *     * I made a new friend on the train this week.  Mark described himself as a Christian but not a Catholic.  As Amtrak #358 sped along the track from Chicago, where I'd been attending a conference, to Dearborn, Mark and I chatted about a lot of things:  a … [Read more...]

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THE POETRY OF FAITH: Once Upon a Time, Belief Was Normative

Doesn't it sometimes seem that you were meant to live in a different age?  That the world has turned and somehow, you didn't get the memo?I ran across an article on "The Poetry of Faith" which appeared in Time Magazine.  Published on July 1, 1946, it offered a thumbs-up review of a new anthology of Catholic poetry by the British poet Alfred Noyes.  "The greatest writing in human history," said Time, "is religious writing."  Oh, how I ache for my beloved Church to be once again held in such hi … [Read more...]

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