"They Do Not Love Jesus"

The child you are looking at is Namrata Nayak. Her face was disfigured when when Hindu extremists bombed her home last August, looking to kill Christians.I am struck by her power and beauty, which is transmitted through her eyes. One does not see the scars for the steadiness and fullness of Namrata Nayak's eyes.Her eyes are fearless. She is unintimidated. She looks directly at you, with a collectedness and assurance that only comes from deep interior knowledge. Namrata Nayak knows who … [Read more...]

The usefulness of intercessory prayer

Do you remember, a while I ago, I wrote about the point of monasticism and the power and efficacy of their focused and concentrated prayers, on behalf of the world. At the time I linked to many religious communities of monastic men and women who are happy to storm heaven for the benefit of others.I've always felt strongly that what blesses us and the whole world is when we pray for others rather than ourselves. In terms of economy and government, these are worrisome times for all of us, and … [Read more...]

CNN covers NetTV

This is pretty amazing. Yesterday, Drudge gave this ad campaign a headline, and now this report from CNN?Embedded video from CNN VideoIn our email exchanges I've often told Deacon Greg Kandra, the former CBS news writer who is now news director for this about-to-launch channel that the Holy Spirit seems to bless with particular favor all of his undertakings.If you knew Greg, you'd understand why. He faith full of gratitude and joyful, humble obedience, walking around looking like a … [Read more...]

More distant than any star

The self is more distant than any star... -- G. K. ChestertonOver at Inside Catholic, Irene Lagan has a moving post; through conversation with a nun in Rome, she finds herself thinking of a remarkable young woman from Rwanda:Our conversation recalled an experience I had last year when I met Immaculee Ilibagiza. Immaculée is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, an account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide...I realized that Immaculée’s message is tim … [Read more...]

"Gratitude-giving" 2008

Deacon Greg has a really excellent homily for Thanksgiving. How I envy his parishioners!Very often, in our prayer lives, we spend so much time on our knees, asking for things. Pleading. “God, help me pass this test.” “Keep me from throttling my teenager.” “Help me find a job.” “Protect my son in Iraq.”The scripture tells us to ask and we shall receive, and to knock and it will be opened. So we ask, and we knock.But what happens then?In Luke’s gospel today, 10 people are cured by Jesus of … [Read more...]

Christians & Gays & Proposition 8

My latest is up at Pajamas Media - my usual deathless pearls about the need for gays to man-up and act like citizens working within the confines of real democracy, and the need for Christians to find a better way to befriend them, and the past-due need for the churches to protect themselves from the litigation we all know is coming their way.An Excerpt:The Christians may have unintentionally come off as condescending. We may presume that they would not want a crowd of gays meeting on their … [Read more...]