Mud Cookies: Imagine Feeding Your Kids Some?

“When there is no food for three or four days, the children cry from the pain. So I make them mud cookies to fill up their stomachs.” The missionary priest, Monsignor Patrick Marron from Food for the Poor, quoted a woman living in a village of about two hundred people about 20 miles from Port … [Read more]

CS Lewis’s The Great Divorce: Easter Reflections

John Chillingworth/Picture Post/Hulton Archive, via Getty Images CS Lewis is an inexhaustible source of wisdom for me. Whether reading his science fiction, fantasy, or his imaginative meditations on our Lord, Heaven, Hell and the Christian life, I find each replete with gentle humor and clear-eyed truths. Although I had made use of quotations from The … [Read more]

Conclave- Robert Harris’ New Novel of Power and Intrigue

https://www.amazon.com/Conclave-novel-Robert-Harris/dp/0451493443 Conclave is the best of Robert Harris’ novels, high praise because Harris is an excellent writer of historical fiction. Each of his books reveals the writer’s journalistic background: Rich in detail and imagery, Harris’ extensive research for each story is evident. Conclave is all of that but much more. This story is riveting, sympathetic … [Read more]

The Prodigal Son Or the Older Brother?

http://www.freebibleimages.org/photos/prodigal-son/ For converts like me, the story of the prodigal son evokes a tsunami of emotion: gratitude, relief, sorrow and recognition are only a few. But upon reflecting on the well-known parable that Jesus tells the complaining Pharisees and scribes, I began to think about the older brother with an entirely different lens. Rather than … [Read more]

Thinking About Forgiveness- Again

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Not the words of a wimp or a phrase from one who has no experience with hatred, intolerance, misogyny, racism or any of the long list of human weakness, sin and flaws, the meaning of Christ’s words cannot be misinterpreted. In his book Mere Christianity, … [Read more]