The Ashtray: This Contest of Interpretation (Part 5) – NYTimes.com

I’ve always been a fan of Errol Morris. Or ever since I discovered him. The Thin Blue Line was the first of his movies I ever saw. I think I’ve seen them all now, and much of his TV work too. He is one of the more thoughtful people working in film today. And a […]

holy cross sermon for quinquagesima / last epiphany / 2011

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.   One of my favorite poems is “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. It goes like this:   THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to […]

sermon for the seventh sunday after the epiphany / year a / february 27 2011

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.   You cannot serve God and mammon.   What is mammon?  Mammon is money.  Specifically it is what money becomes when we spend ourselves seeking it.  When we order our lives around the acquisition of money, when our daily […]

When Words Get in the Way – A Meditation on the Value and Limits of Language | Archdiocese of Washington

A very interesting and helpful reflection. I am not a monist, and I don’t think Christianity is compatible with monism. So I think it is good to be cautious as we begin to speak of the unity of all things. Ludwig Wittgenstein, my favorite philosopher, wrote about the supreme importance of what we cannot speak […]

Coptic Cairo

Pray for the Christians of Egypt. Egypt was a land of Christians before it became a land of Muslims, and the Christian minority has remained, beleaguered and faithful for about a millennium and a half. Pray that whatever political situation emerges, it will be one that protects the freedom of Christians to practice their faith […]

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