October 9, 2015

Damaris Zehner: Yielding Rights

Yielding Rights By Damaris Zehner When discussions occur on Internet Monk defending abortion rights, contraceptive rights, rights to same-sex marriage, rights to divorce, even rights to receive communion in a denomination not one’s own, I tend not to take part.  One reason I refrain has to do with the rules for ethical argument, at least […]

You’ve Gotta Hear This. It’s Amazing.

You’ve Gotta Hear This.  It’s Amazing. By Damaris Zehner Jeff Dunn insists that American readers will refuse to read poetry.  He’s always counseled me to leave the poetry out and in fact removed all the poems I had snuck into the manuscript of the book he’s publishing.  I trust Jeff’s experience , but sometimes I […]

Damaris Zehner: Integrity of Life

Integrity of Life by Damaris Zehner For, with the old order destroyed, a universe cast down is renewed, and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ. Prayer offered during Mass: May 3, 2015 • • • The phrase “integrity of life” reached out and grabbed me when I heard it a few months […]

Damaris Zehner: My Dysfunctional Relationship with God

My Dysfunctional Relationship with God By Damaris Zehner Have you ever been in a dysfunctional relationship?  Of course you have.  They are part of the sad reality of life in this world.  I’ve been in several.  Most, I’m happy to say, were ones I was able to walk away from once I recognized them for […]

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 […]