The Cup Runneth Over

The Cup Runneth Over

Gisela H. Kreglinger. The Spirituality of Wine. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2016. “Wine should be reserved for contemplatives,” claims Gisela Kreglinger (97). A well-crafted wine is subtle, complex, and ought to command one’s attention. It takes the patience and discipline of... [Read more...]

We Are Travelers

Image: Matthew Smith We Are Travelers

Memorial Day weekend approaches. And with it will come the beginning of the summer vacation season. According to one survey, close to half of all Americans took a long-distance vacation in the summer of 2014, traveling an average of nearly 300 miles from home. They went to beaches and big cities, lakes... [Read more...]

The Alleluia Yawn

Joseph Ducreux (French, 1735 - 1802) Self-Portrait, Yawning, by 1783, Oil on canvas 117.8 × 90.8 cm (46 3/8 × 35 3/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles The Alleluia Yawn

On the surface, one’s familiarity with the events of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection can slowly compromise their power to captivate. I mean, did your mind happen to wander a bit during the lengthy proclamation of the Lord’s Passion on Palm Sunday? Or when it was proclaimed again on Good... [Read more...]

Lent, Subterranean

Image: Pascal Frei Lent, Subterranean

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, we planted the seeds of our Lenten observance. We committed to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We resolved to give something up. Today is our first chance to check in on our progress. How’s it looking? We evaluate and see… a bare patch of earth. If one area of dirt, having... [Read more...]

Fake News Is Great News

A man using a laptop (Olu Eletu) Fake News Is Great News

I have known many men who wished to deceive, but none who wished to be deceived. –St. Augustine “Fake news” has become big news in recent months. How could the proliferation of deliberately fabricated articles be a good thing? It’s in the outcry against fake news, coming from both liberal and... [Read more...]

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Drooping frozen cherries Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Imagine a world where everyone is hunched over. An exaggerated convex curvature of the spine encumbers all. We’re just born this way. We can function, but it’s labored. Everything requires more effort. It feels like everything that’s good is on the top shelf, hard to reach. Our gaze is naturally... [Read more...]

Next Page »