January 20, 2017

Another Look: It’s a Wonderful Gospel

What do you need when you have spent your whole life giving to others, sacrificing your dreams to do the responsible thing, being the person others count on when the chips are down; when you are tired of being “that guy” that everyone looks to but no one appreciates? What do you need when you […]

“How do you say ‘no’ to God?”

When you’re a poor kid from a poor family, and when a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal. How do you say no to God? • Phil Saviano in Spotlight If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one. • Mitchell Garabedian in Spotlight • • • Fourteen years […]

Let’s Discuss: Mulder and Scully get theological

Mulder and Scully get theological I’m fighting a bad cold as I write this, and find that my mind is not in a state conducive to writing. As I lay on the sofa tonight, blowing my nose and drinking my tea, The X-Files Reopened gave me something to ponder. At the end of episode 5, “Babylon,” in […]

“A cohort of wonder”

William P. Brown serves as a great example of someone who has integrated biblical studies with scientific and technological progress so as to promote a “theology of wonder.” This portion from one of my favorite books on the Old Testament, The Seven Pillars of Creation, explains how Brown first caught that sense of wonder. I’ve included the video he […]

Lent with Walter White

In case you suspect that I’ve been distracted lately, it’s because I have been living in the Old Testament. Old Testament Albuquerque, that is. I just finished binge-watching Breaking Bad, an act of self-flagellation worthy of the most rigorous Lenten discipline. I’ve known about the show, and had heard about its magnificent writing and performances and its […]

Music Monday: Lent with Wilco

I wander thro’ each charter’d street, Near where the charter’d Thames does flow, And mark in every face I meet, Marks of weakness, marks of woe. In every cry of every Man, In every Infant’s cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear. From “London” by William Blake • […]

Music Monday: Bridging the Atlantic

UPDATE: I just noticed that a couple of these videos are playlists, so you get some bonus music today! Some of the individual songs will take you to YouTube via a link. Hope you enjoy this fine music today. * * * Today I’d like to recommend a series of programs that I have known […]

Infinite Grace

Yet again, I enjoyed watching the film Babette’s Feast (1986) over the weekend. This delightful movie tells the story of a small sect of Christians in Denmark who live austere lives and shun pretension and ambition. A woman from France arrives in their village and becomes their cook, freeing the two daughters of the sect’s […]

Lent with Bergman 1 – Wild Strawberries

All along the line, there’s nothing but cold and death and loneliness. It must end somewhere. – from Wild Strawberries * * * It seems to me the movies of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman would provide fruitful material for us as a source of contemplation during Lent. As part of this year’s IM Lenten emphasis, […]

All Is Lost

The other night, I watched the film, “All Is Lost,”  which is the story of a lone sailor adrift in the Indian Ocean who struggles to survive. I found it to be a film that lends itself to contemplation, with a couple of good lessons to think about during this Lenten season. All Is Lost […]