Monthly Archives: February 2012

Lent Madness: Vote for Thomas Merton!

Vote for Thomas Merton today! This is a no-brainer for me, as my college retreats were at a Cistercian monastery, and I’ve corresponded over the years with several people whose spirituality I greatly admire who were strongly formed in the … Continue reading

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Mimetic anthropology and virtue ethics?

Richard Beck of Experimental Theology has another good post up on a mimetic interpretation of “the slavery of death”. I confess, I have not been keeping up with the series of which this is part 23, but I was struck … Continue reading

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Lent Madness: Vote for Mary Magdalen!

Although Mary Magdalen is, in the popular imagination, a reformed prostitute, it is not at all clear that the repentant woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with oil is the same as Mary Magdalen. This conflation appears to have been started … Continue reading

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Lent Madness: Vote for Ephraim!

I’ve written before about St. Ephraim of Edessa, called the Harp of the Holy Spirit. He was a fourth century deacon, theologian, homilist, and most famously, hymn writer — over 400 of his hymns still exist today. Many of his … Continue reading

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Women Speak About Natural Family Planning

Women In Theology is hosting a very important series of posts in which Catholic women who have obediently and faithfully tried to follow the church’s teaching on contraception — that is, that natural family planning (NFP) is the only morally … Continue reading

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Differences, Divisions, and Conflicts

John Vest shares a section of the PC(USA) Mid Councils Commission Report in a post titled Differences, Divisions, and Conflicts. This paragraph leapt out at me: Nonetheless, it may be that our discord more accurately reflects failed institutional practices than … Continue reading

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Lent Madness: Vote for Jerome!

Today’s matchup pits Jerome against John Patteson. Though I respect Patteson’s story (which I had not previously heard) and the witness of his life, I cannot help but feel this is a terribly unequal matchup. St. Jerome, Doctor of the … Continue reading

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Lent Madness: Vote for Joan!

The Round of 32 starts off tomorrow with Saint Joan of Arc (or, as we called her in the Francophone town where I grew up, Sainte Jeanne d’Arc) competing against Lancelot Andrewes. Who was English. Come on, are you going … Continue reading

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Ashes to go?

Some of our Anglican sisters and brothers have started taking a different approach to Ash Wednesday: they’re taking the ashes out of church and out to meet people where they are. Although I have some reservations about this idea, I … Continue reading

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Christianity Fail: Love your Neighbor

Dear Cardinal Dolan, I understand that you recently shared some overflowing good will with the fellow citizens of your adopted home in the pages of the New York Daily News. And I like to brag about the beauty and the … Continue reading

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