Tag: good

On what I think of the Wool Rule.

How to be good to people has been on my mind for a long time, but especially lately. I’ve engaged in a political debate about treating illegal immigrants and atheists with respect. I had to write for a scholarly journal a review of a book I found lacking in merit, and I was torn between …

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On good and good enough.

I had to get a new car. I loved my old car. She was a Toyota Echo, and I’d had her since she was born in 2000. She was perfect, as though made for me—cheap and basic, reliable, little and economical, built for a short person, with a soft comfy seat and lots of storage …

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On loving despite.

Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily. —Dorothy Day Another reflection read at the morning prayer sparks an inner dialogue in me – and here I go again, arguing with the author. Last time it was the author of the Letter to the Hebrews, who might still turn out …

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On soil and thistle.

The author of the epistle to the Hebrews was possibly but not probably St. Paul. It was probably but not definitely one of Paul’s friends and disciples in Italy – perhaps, Priscilla or Barnabas or Apollos or even Timothy himself – but, in any case, though the name of the author is most likely lost, …

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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 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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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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