September 18, 2016

fashion has always been about ideology, and the ideology has almost always been sexist: whether covered or uncovered, the female flesh becomes the conquered territory on which masculine politics inscribes its boundaries and opens its territories for conquest Read more

September 14, 2016

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross: how regal, how sonorous, the phrase; how solemn the image, one to which we are accustomed, since any time we walk into a church we see an elevated cross, with the image of a bleeding body on it. Wooden crosses with carved bodies, modern crosses with stylized bodies, Baroque crosses all golden splendor, Medieval crosses with the twisted body and the arcane symbolism of death and birth. We have our different tastes in artistic representation,… Read more

September 10, 2016

And here’s what I keep asking myself: is there a sacramentality in absence, or in loss, an unseen hand that holds us, even the most lost or violent? Read more

September 5, 2016

The value of work ends up being separated from the value of the person, and treated as another commodity. Its value ceases to be connected with the dignity of the person, and is relativized to the use we can make of it, whether we need it, how much of it there is – and what we can get away with. Read more

September 2, 2016

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time… Read more

August 30, 2016

In fact, the realm of athletics has been an important space for the exposing of racial injustice, and a space for significant advancements in equal rights. Read more

August 27, 2016

Being a Jewish Catholic means I can fit in with neither Right nor Left – which is fine. Like Treebeard, “I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side.” Read more

August 23, 2016

Vulgarity turned against the powerful can be profoundly moral, as every good comic artist knows; vulgarity turned against the weak s bullying. Read more

August 23, 2016

Even as I questioned this or that thing that supposedly was “official” Church teaching, I was still a Catholic. Even as I walked into and out of a marriage that manifested no sacramental graces, I was still a Catholic. Even as I was snubbed or lectured by other parishioners for being a working mother and not able to construct a perfect Catholic household, I was still a Catholic Read more

August 21, 2016

Looking anew at Mary and other female saints – looking anew at the women of the Old Testament who entered into the drama of salvation history by consistently defying societal norms for female behavior – looking, ultimately, at the words and deeds of Christ in the gospels, and the structure of the church he founded – I came to realize that being feminist and being Christian did not, as many suggested (and as I had felt for years) constitute an inherent contradiction. Read more

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