Images of Maternal Suffering

Images of Maternal Suffering

Love makes us vulnerable. It roots our happiness in the life of another, bringing us outside of ourselves and placing all our hopes and joys in those whom we love. The bond of love makes two become one: lovers rejoice in each other’s presence, sharing each other’s joys, each one living, as it were,... [Read more...]

This April

Image by Don Kawahigashi This April

This April, Spring’s familiar scents— Easter lilies, fresh mown fields, Mulch, warm rain on blacktop roads— Rise again from their winter sleep Stirring the lovely forgotten past Experiences of Spring. So all these childhood memories wake: Tired feet and grass-patterned skin, ... [Read more...]

Pixie Dust and Ash Wednesday

Lawrence Lew, O.P., Ashes from Palms Pixie Dust and Ash Wednesday

The Disney film adaption of Peter Pan ends (unsurprisingly) happily-ever-after. Gathered before the nursery window in a loving embrace, the Darling family fondly watches Peter and Tinkerbell fly their golden, pixie-enchanted ship through the moonlit clouds to Neverland. In the background, a 1950s chorus... [Read more...]

Christian Birding

Christian Birding

One of my closest friends in college, Christian, was a borderline-manic birder. When he was thirteen, he (and his binoculars) went missing one morning during a Texas family vacation. Hours after his disappearance, as his distressed mother was describing her lost son to two police officers, Christian... [Read more...]

Are You Lonely?

Are You Lonely?

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”  (Mt. 3:2). This Advent, John the Baptist invites us to go out into the desert to prepare for the coming of Christ. I think it’s important that the prophet doesn’t... [Read more...]

The Light of the World

The Light of the World

“The Light of the World” Why do you knock like a guest long forgotten? The door remains locked, its heavy frame rotten, While a tangle of vines adorns lintel and post.         I come to awaken my slumbering host. Why do you stand on this hard frozen ground Through the night while the... [Read more...]

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