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February 22, 2018

St. Benedict says, “the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger” (RB 3:3). He is right. Here’s a re-consideration of parts of the Prologue of Benedict’s Rule:

Listen carefully, America, to the children’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your hea...

February 21, 2018

Every time there is a mass shooting and the ridiculous refrain of thoughts and prayers is rolled out, I find myself reciting my own rant against the Gungod people seem to worship. I’m rethinking that. 

People aren’t worshipping guns.  The God people are worshipping is F...

January 15, 2018

In 1967 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke on August 16 in Atlanta, Georgia, precisely on the issue of love and power. He taught the audience that one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as oppos...

December 14, 2017

On Friday, December 14, 2012, in Newtown,Connecticut, a man used a gun, bullets, and the energy of his life to take the lives of twenty Sandy Hook Elementary school children, six school staff, his own mother, and finally himself. No one knows what to say in moments lik...

December 11, 2017

Thoughts and prayers.

Thoughts and prayers has turned into the tweetable, facebookable, soundbiteable minimal response to a moment of crisis or the unending wave of tragedy upon tragedy.  So often have we read or said or typed thoughts and prayers, that it now becomes u...

October 3, 2017

Another mass shooting.  Do you care about the details?  Do you?  Do I? What about the mass shooting that takes place every day in the United States, one murder and one suicide at a time?  Do you care about the details? Do you? Do I?

Firearm violence in th...

August 18, 2017

(And I don't mean just their obsession with honoring statues.)

The terror perpetrated by Nazis in Charlottesville is one consequence of divine truthiness. There is a long history of lifting up to the status of God the worst of human vices, like revenge, abuse, and viole...

August 16, 2017

Power and Fear.  

In Charlottesville, VA, the night of Friday August 11 at the University of Virginia, hundreds of white men (were there any women?) demanded the streets were theirs, demanded that they would not be replaced by Jews, chanted "blood and soil."  The next d...

August 10, 2017

Divine truthiness is a collision between the statement, 'God is love,' (1 John 4:8) and terrifying power that does not seem like love at all. When a tragedy occurs, we are left grasping for words.  In those grasping moments if we engage in God-talk, our deeply held (so...

August 4, 2017

As my existence begins to settle into a new normal with stability and an ability to look toward the future, it seems like it is finally time to start blogging again.

Earlier this week, on August 1, I was overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support and love from...

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