April 18, 2014

Making Belief Believable

“And there is … a type of modern man who can neither believe nor contain himself in unbelief and who searches desperately, feeling about in all experience for the lost God.” —Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners At Thanksgiving, some of us were sitting around discussing the crazy reality shows we’d watched recently. Naked and Afraid […]

Thoughts on the Godhead — Part Two

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity …” —Charles Wesley   On the surface, my last essay was a vacation narrative. Metaphorically, it was a picture (albeit inadequate) of what it is like to diligently seek after Holy God and to try to know him. Every foray, however purposeful and strenuous it […]

Thoughts on the Godhead — Part One

“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity … nothing will so magnify the whole soul of man … Then go, plunge yourself in […]

The Homily

“Oh, how I love your law. I meditate on it all day long.”— Psalm 119:97 “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”—Galatians 3:24 These days, the “Law” is almost a dirty word among Christians, particularly those who’ve been around for a while and […]

Doxology in Darkness

“… to give thanks in a state of interior desolation, to trust in the love of God in the face of marvels, cruel circumstances, obscenities, and commonplaces of life is to whisper a doxology in darkness.” —Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust Recently, I made an unexpected business trip with my husband. It was an unusual request […]

The Homily

 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands, your walls are ever before me.” —Isaiah 49:15,16   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for […]

Mayor of My Own City

“Conversatio’s objective was that each person become the self-constituting, good, holy, responsible person God intended him or her to be —to make their “city,” wherever it might be, work.” Paul Wilkes I took my time to read Augustine’s City of God. For part of my reading, I was surrounded by monks and priests on the […]

Mingling With Monks

A couple of decades ago I read The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton by Michael Mott. You may be familiar with this biography of a rascally and brilliant monk who spent his days at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky. That literary experience sparked a desire in this non-Catholic girl’s heart to visit a monastery. […]

The Abbey And Finding Our Peace Upstairs Or Down

But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” —Romans […]

Opening a Can of Worms: What are the Reformation’s Gains and Losses?

You see by the question mark in the title that I come not opining, but asking because I truly want to know. I’ve shared in a recent essay of my background in various churches that came, not due to purposeful hopping, but rather because I was the child of a broken home and depending on […]