May 28, 2015

About Damaris Zehner

Holy Week 2015: The Coup, the Queen, and the Resurrection (Damaris Zehner)

This is a good year:  Orthodox Pascha and Catholic Easter are on different days, so I can go to both liturgies.  My daughters and I, though not Orthodox, love the marathon of song, prayer, procession, and candlelight that begins on Holy Saturday and continues until the small hours on Sunday.  We also love the three-in-the-morning […]

Damaris Zehner: Some Thoughts on Artificial Birth Control

This is such a divisive topic.  I’ve tried for years to write about it and haven’t found the courage or the focus.  Here’s my claim:  I don’t like artificial birth control.  I think it is spiritually, physically, and socially harmful.  However, I don’t want to write a diatribe against it or try to persuade people […]

Damaris Zehner: Ponderings on Permaculture

It’s almost spring, and I’m reading about gardening.  It’s my yearly ritual to keep hope alive over the winter.  This winter I’ve focused on permaculture.   I like permaculture because it deals with growing things in a sustainable and sane way, but it has also led me to three related thoughts. Permaculture, I’ve learned, is […]

Damaris Zehner: What Makes It Right?

What Makes It Right? By Damaris Zehner I’ve always had a problem with the concept of “two consenting adults” as the foundation for moral decisions.  Often the phrase is uttered as a means to reconcile a faint moral unease with cultural norms:   “Well, I’m not sure it’s right,” we’ll say, “but I guess if […]

Damaris Zehner: The Undeserved Grace of a New Beginning

The Undeserved Grace of a New Beginning A Villanelle by Damaris Zehner God blesses me with gifts of time and space To feel the rising warmth of one more day And from the darkness see the dawn of grace. Each spring green growth and birdsong will replace The gloom and bitter cold that once held […]

Damaris Zehner: The Perspicuity of Scripture? Hmm.

The Perspicuity of Scripture?  Hmm. By Damaris Zehner I teach English at a community college campus in rural Indiana.  This semester I have a remedial reading and writing class, required for those students who did not score high enough to take freshman composition.  At one extreme are the students who are competent but bad at […]

Damaris Zehner: The Crossroads

First posted in June, 2011. Last month, at Easter, my family and I joined the Catholic Church.  Each of us would phrase our reasons for doing so somewhat differently, but here are a few of mine.  I offer them not to preach or gloat, just to share a decision faced by quite a few of […]

Damaris Zehner: What a Difference an “S” Makes

What a Difference an “S” Makes by Damaris Zehner There’s a phrase that strikes me whenever I hear it.  It appears every week in the Orthodox liturgy and occasionally in the Catholic one:  it is “Father of lights,” as in “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father […]

Damaris Zehner: Why I Garden

Why I Garden Damaris Zehner What force is it that every year pushes upward from the pod, believing in foliage, flower, and fruit, believing that this year perfection will be reached? I’m not stupid. I can remember that every August my vegetables sprawl on the ground, faint with fecundity and offended by the mob that […]

How We Become Human

I know, as a tenet of my faith, that Jesus’ incarnation, death, and resurrection somehow have set me free from death and given me new life.  I know that God says that he will take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh.  But I can’t say I understand how that […]