Tag: God

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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On my wind-blown heart.

I am in Kansas now, like some through-the-looking-glass Dorothy, where left is right, and I know this isn’t home but my fleeting, exhausting, ruthless and wind-blown fairy tale, and soon an airplane-shaped tornado will carry back home the little old me, just the same as I was and yet not the same. Because I’ve been …

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On the least of His.

Toward the end of the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, Jesus follows a series of behavior-guiding parables with something that suddenly and uncomfortably no longer sounds like a parable. He shifts into the future tense and into the time of the end-world. Judgment Day. When the King – the Son of Man – will see …

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On gratitude in safety, or “There but for the Grace of God!”

I snapped at my best friend three days ago. I came pretty close to yelling at him and essentially accused him of being selfish, unfeeling, and disconnected from fellow creatures – unfairly, mind you. My best friend is none of those things. In fact, he is one of the nicest, kindest people I know and …

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On foot-washing, Peter, pride, and the opposite things.

I am spending my Triduum with the Dominicans this year, guided by their wisdom and basking in their warmth. A week ago, discussing the Holy Thursday Mass, my vocation director mentioned to me that at the church where we’d go we’d have an option to have our feet washed by the local young people. The …

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On seeing and believing.

In the Gospel of John, there is a man among the disciples of Jesus who is absent on Easter Sunday, when the risen Lord appears to them to cause the first furor and relief and the awakening of faith. Thomas Didymus is told of this but refuses to believe until he has hard and undeniable …

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On mediated grace.

My regular readers know that I am what is called a “mystic”: a faithful who seeks union with God even beyond communion, who feels her relationship with the Divine flow into dissolution. Oneness. Inseparability. This means that the most important aspect of my life is lived or at least sought through unmediated grace. Perhaps, being …

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On our quests.

There is an adorable little scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which King Arthur and his men are challenged before crossing a bridge, on their quest for the Grail, by the bridge-keeper to answer questions. My best friend and I love this scene and often repeat the dialogue to each other in silly …

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On being a beholder.

In the Words of the Beholder by River Adams Original publication in: Crosstimbers 12 1 (2012): 54-55. I find special beauty in the sky. A cliché to many, it is not to me, and that beauty stuns me every time anew. I raise my eyes to the heavens, often, in a habit that never becomes …

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On Satan and what makes a Christian. Part 2.

Continued from “On Satan and What Makes a Christian. Part 1.” So here we are. There is no evil in the Hebrew Bible. Only sin. By the time Jesus of Nazareth walks the Earth, however – by the time nascent Christianity begins to develop its terms and concepts – by the time New Testament writers formulate …

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