Think Before Interrupting

lG K Chesterton

Talk ought to be sacred because it is so light, so tenuous, so trivial, if you will; so frail and easy to destroy. Cutting short its life is worse than murder; it’s infanticide. It’s like killing a baby that’s trying to come to life. It can never be restored to life . . . . A good light conversation can never be put together again when it’s broken to pieces; because you can’t get back all the pieces. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond, by G.K. Chesterton … [Read more...]

The In-between Times

Frederick Buechner

By Wendy MurrayOn the days go, one to the next. We rise in the morning and look out the window. We check the weather. We make decisions about the day. Maybe we ask God for guidance in this, maybe we don't. Maybe we ponder in our hearts whether God influences our decisions with or without our consulting him about it. All day, in each moment, we are forging the destiny that will ultimately claim us, day-to-day.  Maybe we reflect: How often is our time badly spent! What becomes of our d … [Read more...]

Who Is the *Real* Francis of Assisi? A New Book Hasn’t Found Him

Jon's Sweeney's new book on Saint Francis

A Review of When Francis Saved the Church, by Jon Sweeney(This review is part of the Patheos Book Club.)  by Wendy MurrayWhen I was living in Assisi, Italy to work on my book about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi -- titled A Mended and a Broken Heart -- a friar and scholar with whom I regularly consulted exhorted me with a statement I have never forgotten: He said, “Francis is an ocean--don’t say we caught him.”In this way I am always curious to read new … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 15 ~ Affliction shall Advance the Flight in Me

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The season of Lent rises to its devastating and astonishing conclusion this week. At long last, the veil of the dark night will be forever rent and those who abide in death will have a door to walk through into a new kind of life. Jesus will suffer first (Good Friday), and then the forces that crushed him will themselves be crushed two days later (Resurrection Sunday). In its time it was a cosmic event that, in its starkest movements, occurred beyond the veil, in a place where human eyes cannot … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis on Suffering, Let’s Do Lunch ~ a New Book

Alister McGrath

Alistair McGrath's new book If I Had Lunch with C.S.Lewis is a short volume with a lively tea-and-biscuit feel that explores Lewis's ideas on subjects related to the struggle and beauty of faith.The book's casual presentation could be helpful to some, but I stumbled over it.  The issues addressed in Lewis's arsenal of thought are not tea-and-biscuit fare. When Lewis himself broached such matters-- heaven, education or suffering, it typically involved book-length discussions and years of … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 13: Clarity of Mind

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My vocation happens to be that of a writer, though every person's vocation requires clarity of mind. In my case clarity of mind drives the pen. What does it drive in your case? If your mind is cluttered as a writer your words will be tedious and often superfluous. If your mind is cluttered in any vocation, you will feel like you are walking in circles.Whether in my vocation or yours (do you know what your vocation is?), unhealthy dependence upon social media in its various forms carries the … [Read more...]

Will You Come, Lord, to My Boat? A Celtic Prayer: Thoughts on Lent 11

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 A Celtic prayer is attributed to the 10th-century Irish king, Cormac mac Cuileannáin.  Will You steer my frail black bark O'er the dark broad ocean's foam? Will You come, Lord to my boat? Where afloat, my will would roam? Yours the mighty, Yours the small, Your to make men fall like rain. God, will You grant aid to me as I come o'er the upheaving main? (This version is adapted from The Story of the Irish Race, by Seamus MacManus.) Go here to read a Celtic Prayer for Prot … [Read more...]


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