Love: I Know Nothing About It

“Love: I know nothing about it.” My statement was in reply to a priest who had asked if anything was wrong.  Mass had ended and there I sat, alone in the big, cold New England Catholic Church. Staring at the quintessence of agony: the crucified Christ. Instead of coming to console with words or presence, … [Read more]

The Shack: Valuable Lessons About Opinion

I read The Shack several years ago. And did not watch the movie until just a few days ago.  Reactions to the movie, like the book, vary widely. There were those who complained about a God portrayed by an overweight black woman and others that the script was far too confusing to follow. Among Christians … [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]

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]

The Work of Advent- More Challenging in 2016

Wake up! Rejoice! On Gaudete Sunday, the liturgical colors lighten from the deep purple of Advent to a lovely rose, signaling the coming exultation of this season of silence, of waiting and therefore of patience. Already in the third week of Advent, we have heard repeated variations on the theme of awakening from John the … [Read more]

Winners For Social Media’s Most Used Words in 2016 Announced

There is no such contest, of course. But if there were, the winners of my imaginary word contest for this year are ‘racist’ and ‘misogynist’, at least that’s how it looks from my view. A view that is heavily influenced by an article I wrote last week. A piece that so negatively affected some readers … [Read more]