Dear Pope Francis, Thanks for Bringing Love to Those with Autism

Photo courtesy of Associated Press.

I was sitting with a group of newcomers, reverts, new and old friends yesterday at a luncheon our halaqa (Islamic study group) had put together to reach out to anyone new to our community. In speaking with our small group about why we need to reach out to each other and stay connected, a sister in the group made an important observation (paraphrasing):It can be hard for reverts (converts to Islam) in our community. They can feel lost or disconnection. Not welcomed. The Christian community … [Read more...]

A New Pope, A New Beginning and Pi in its Infinite Possibilities

Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony

3.14159265359 and so on and so on.Pi, in its infinite glory, on Pi day – March 14 – 3-14.On this day the new Pope Francis is already making his mark on the Catholic world and the world at large, proving, as my friend and fellow Patheos Catholic Channel blogger Joanne K. McPortland says, that this is a “good day to think about all that is infinitely unrepeatable.”As I said in my post in February when Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, my area of expertise is Islam and Muslims … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Pope’s Resignation – None of Us are Indispensable


Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation today. And I immediately thought two things – how busy and emotional a time this is going to be for Elizabeth Scalia, a fellow managing editor of the Catholic Channel at Patheos (and all the columnists, writers and bloggers on that channel), and is it even possible for a Pope to resign?Apparently it is, but it hasn’t been done in more than 600 years. As the news unfolds, opinions are voiced, speculations are made and jokes go viral about the Pope’s … [Read more...]