Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Heavens are Telling

And all creation is shouting for joy! Or in other words: how cool is that?!! Yes, these are real galaxies: each letter is a “postage stamp” cutout around the image of a real galaxy taken from either the Sloan Digital … Continue reading

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The CDF, the LCWR, and Obedience

This issue is very difficult for me to write about. As a Roman Catholic woman and as a feminist, I am profoundly disturbed by the actions of the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) towards vowed women religious … Continue reading

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Women, law, religion, marriage, and St Joan of Arc

A small roundup of articles I found through the Feminist Law Professors blog. I read this for the feminism, but found several items worth blogging about here. First, in honor of the 600th anniversary of Joan of Arc’s birth, the … Continue reading

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Faith, love, and hope in 1 Thess

So the first letter I’m reading for my independent study this summer is Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which is probably the earliest surviving Christian text that we have: scholars date it to 50 or 51 CE. (Which in … Continue reading

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Psalm 1 and Poetic Forms

Psalm 1 was one of the scriptural texts that I was assigned in my first exegesis class. While engaging with this text, I discovered to my surprise and delight that much of what I had learned about the explication of … Continue reading

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Becoming the Jubilee | Experimental Theology

Richard Beck has some very good stuff here in his recent post Becoming the Jubilee: You can make a pretty strong case that the central core of Jesus’s ministry, the orbit of his life, was forgiveness. The examples here go … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright’s “Big Book on Paul”

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend an informal colloquium given by N. T. Wright at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology on 10 May, in which he gave us a (necessarily, extremely compressed and) brief overview of the … Continue reading

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Rejoice Always.

We urge you, sisters and brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good for each other and for all. Rejoice … Continue reading

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Do Catholics worship Idols? Part 1: Statues of Jesus

Quite some time ago, after a post about contemporary idolatry, I promised one of my commenters a response to his question whether the Catholic use of statues in prayer constituted idolatry. Since one of my BLT co-bloggers has also just … Continue reading

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Thank you, Sister

Thank you, Sister Dolores, for preparing me for my first communion. Thank you, Sister Jeannine, for encouraging my love of science. Thank you, Sister Bernadette, for teaching me french and showing me kindness. Thank you, Sister Suzanne, for teaching me … Continue reading

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