Tag Archive: creation

Jun 21 2013

On prophethood, predation, and the difference between nice and good.

There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places. Wendell Berry I am on retreat this week, and our preacher, Catherine Hilkert, OP, read this line from “How to Be a Poet” during Monday night’s sharing. In the morning she reminded us that St. Francis had called sun and moon and …

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Jun 27 2012

On forgiving God.

I’ve been told I forgive God too much. Have I forgiven God? I have. Was it too much? No. I spent most of my life carrying an unbearably heavy burden of blaming God for this world’s pain, and on the day they call “conversion,” when my heart quieted and allowed itself finally to feel His …

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Jun 21 2012

On Hell. Part III: repentance and oblivion.

Continued from “On Hell. Part II.” Human beings—and the rest of Creation—are not perfect. Not at this point. But what makes us belong to each other, to humanity, to Creation, to its Source, is our basic need for and ability to love. We struggle with the balance of giving and taking, we lash out in anger, …

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May 18 2012

On Why God Created the World

Jesus is reported to have said something like, “What you do to the least of these, you do to me.” Since I was a little girl I loved that moment—but as a hyperbole, a charismatic teacher’s device to compel his followers to compassion. Except, it was not, was it? To the end depth of it, …

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May 09 2012

On God’s art and the Last Day

We say we are “in the image of God.” What does that mean? By this notion we have differentiated ourselves for millennia from the rest of Creation—yet we all are Creation, the pope and the sparrow. So what does it mean? Certainly not that we look like He does, for we look different from each …

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