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The God of the living


"God is not god of the dead but of the living." Mark 12:27

In today's Lectionary offering from Tobit 3:1-17, poor Sarah has had almost as many husbands as Zsa Zsa Gabor, and all of them have died on their wedding night at the hands of a demon. The Book of Tobit is a gripping tale about God's answer to prayer. Sarah will require the Archangel Raphael and her kinsman Tobias to rescue her.

Ewart Cousins, editor of the Classics of Western Spirituality, dies


Ewert Cousins, a world-renowned theologian and pioneer in interreligious dialogue who brought Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, and Buddhists together at gatherings around the globe, from the United Nations to the University of Madras, died on May 30, 2009. He was 81.

One of Cousins’ greatest contributions was making the touchstone texts of Western religions accessible to a wide audience. Together with Richard Payne, he conceived of and edited the Classics of Western Spirituality, a groundbreaking, 107-volume series of classical works from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. Cousins’ own translation of the writings of St. Bonaventure was one of the series’ bestsellers. Cousins was also the general editor of the 25-volume series World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest and the author of Christ of the 21st Century, Bonaventure and the Coincidence of Opposites, and scores of major papers.

A tribute to Fr. Thomas Berry


This tribute was written by James Conlon, director of Sophia Center in Oakland, Calif. Last summer the Center dedicated its annual summer session to the work of Fr. Berry.

ttttWhere is Thomas?
ttttWhere are you now?
ttttA child raising himself
ttttWalking through the meadow

ttttWhere are you now?
ttttReading at 2:30am
ttttwith a towel at the door
ttttOr seated in the diner with a companion
ttttand a good glass of wine

ttttWhere are you now?
ttttbrooding over Earth
ttttthe Jeremiah of our time
ttttasking the question
tttt“what should I say?”

ttttWhere are you now?
ttttin the Philippines or Chinat
ttttRiverdale or the Caroline hills
ttttwhere your dreams and thoughts were born

ttttWhere are you now?
ttttin your fierce and wild life
ttttyou are here among us
ttttyour spirit clear and strong
ttttcalling us to our Great Work
ttttfrom the Cathedral of the Soul

This new-fangled thing called the Internet


Just got back from the Catholic Press Association annual meeting, held this year in Anaheim, Calif.

I've been going to these for decades. I can remember a time, just a few years ago, when a few intrepid Catholic press types -- including Tom Fox of NCR -- would meet and discuss this new-fangled thing called the Internet. At the time, they were definitely a sideshow.

As in all press gatherings these days, the Internet is now the main event.

Tim Rutten, writing in the Los Angeles Times, noted recently that American newspapers have lost 40 percent of their classified advertising over the past three years, largely attributed to sites such as Craigslist.

Print publications are hurting, yet, at the Catholic press convention, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, while telling us about the huge impact that system is having, admitted that it has yet to pay for itself. So it is with many Internet innovations.

Monks, women and profits


The New York Times' story of a holy coming together of women and monks is an uplifting employment-small business success story worth reading.

SPARTA, Wis. — At the ringing of a bowl-shaped bell, five monks at a remote monastery congregated in the chapel here for the fourth of their seven daily rounds of prayer, their voices murmuring a Gregorian chant in Latin.

At the same time, in a nearby house on the monastery’s property, the phone was ringing in a small office where two women and an office manager run a multimillion-dollar business that generates the money to run the monastery.


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