May 24, 2018

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (4)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, considering what Gerhard Lohfink […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (4)

On Fridays, we’re doing a series on Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. In this book, he examines how “the story of Adam and Eve has over centuries decisively shaped conceptions of human origins and human destiny.” The next two chapters explore the seminal (pun intended) impact of St. Augustine on […]

To be lifted up carefully and carried out of confinement

✑ When I woke up this morning, before I’d gotten out of bed, I was looking around to see what was going on in my room. Not much was going on, I’m happy to say. But there was a cricket on the glazed stone floor. He didn’t belong in the room. Crickets don’t belong in […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (3)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, starting with Gerhard Lohfink […]

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: Contemplative Photography (3)

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart Contemplative Photography, part three With the help of Christine Valters Paintner, author of Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice, on Wednesdays we are considering how photography can become a contemplative practice, helping us “see” in different ways. In chapter 2 of her book, Christine […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (2)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, starting with Gerhard Lohfink […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (2)

On Fridays, we’re doing a series on Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. In his stunningly well-written chapter, “By the Rivers of Babylon,” Greenblatt begins to trace the origins of the Adam and Eve story and how it came to be placed in the Hebrew Bible. If you want to understand […]

A Monk’s Manifesto (Abbey of the Arts)

Thanks to Abbey of the Arts (which I told you about in last week’s post on contemplative photography) for this manifesto. I wholeheartedly approve and commend it as a wise and Jesus-shaped path. You can sign the manifesto at the Abbey, and download a PDF copy for yourself. Monk: from the Greek monachos meaning single […]

I Refuse to Remain Unastonished: On Resurrection and Eternal Life (1)

I have a fear. It is expressed well by Gerhard Lohfink in his new book, Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life — Because everything in this book is about my own questions, I have constantly struggled to find the right words. How can we speak responsibly today about death and resurrection, […]

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: Contemplative Photography, part one

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart Contemplative Photography, part one This past month has been a time focusing on extraordinary events in our life that revolve around relocating and getting settled into a new house. As a result, several things have gone by the wayside, including photography. I’m ready to charge up my camera’s […]