A Very Dark Thursday

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 Thomas Merton described the spiritual death of the Dark Night of the Soul as “the awful dereliction of the soul closed in upon itself.” This seems an apt description of what Jesus experienced on the last full day of his life, also known as Maundy Thursday, when all those he loved abandoned him.On the evening of Maundy Thursday many years ago, in the aftermath of my divorce, I entered a dimly lit sanctuary. Two glowing candles adorned the altar in a darkened sanctuary amid cros … [Read more...]

A Wild Week in the Landscape of the Universe

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Holy week. The last week in the life Jesus, the son of a carpenter from the small town of Nazareth (now part of the Palestinian Territories). It was a week that New Testament writer, N.T. Wright describes this way: “Jesus was called to throw himself on the wheel of world history, so that, even though it crushed him, it might start to turn in the opposite direction.” So much seemed so unholy about it when it played out in real time:Weeping women, coward  friends, dirty cloaks and mob acti … [Read more...]