For Now We Kill As Through A Glass, Darkly

lethal-injection

Meanwhile. over at AmCon, I have a piece on the botched execution in Ohio, where the error not have been inflicting pain, but in failing to hide that suffering from the spectators.  Here's a teaser: There’s no mystery as to why Ohio found itself running low on the traditional three-drug lethal injections. Many of the components of the cocktail are manufactured outside the United States and several international companies have refused to allow their drugs to be shipped to the United … [Read more...]

A Supersubstantial Joy [Pope Francis Bookclub]

Joy

In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday (except this week, because of MLK Day), I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along. Pope Francis opened his book with joy, and he returns to it again in only the third chapter.  The word that came to mind, reading this section, was epousios.  Epousios is the … [Read more...]

Agape Breaks Down Prison Walls

martin luther king

From the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon on loving your enemies: There’s another reason why you should love your enemies, and that is because hate distorts the personality of the hater. We usually think of what hate does for the individual hated or the individuals hated or the groups hated. But it is even more tragic, it is even more ruinous and injurious to the individual who hates. You just begin hating somebody, and you will begin to do irrational things. You can’t see straight when … [Read more...]