A year ago, I began my Lenten column with Pilate's expansive, existential question to the sentenced Christ: "What is truth?" Back in the church season in which we grapple with the paradoxical salvific agony of Christ's suffering, it seems impossible not to return to the question on which John's Gospel hinges, the question that in my mind marks the most profound departure from the style of everything in the Gospel narrative before it.
Feb. 22, 2013
Dear princes of the church,
I do hope this letter finds you well. As for me, I am still a bit startled about the news of Pope Benedict's resignation. I find my heart racing as I imagine all the change and newness our church is about to undergo.
I am grateful for his ministry and for his example. Although I am not sure what to make of his decision and how this will impact future pontifical reigns, I can appreciate his human struggle between humility and pride as he steps down from the limelight and desires a more private life.
I adore a good love story. Some of my favorite ones are origin stories: how boy meets girl. Or girl meets girl. Or girl meets God. This is a story of the latter.
I have a friend who became Catholic during our college years together after a childhood absent of any religious upbringing. I recall asking her what led her to choose Catholicism.
Speaking honestly, she said she found herself crying while attending her first mass, joined RCIA to learn more and never looked back.
Young Voices: This woman has been part of the same church all her life. So what does she do when a new priest makes her feel like she has to hide?
Young Voices: A retreat in California brought out the best in its young adult attendees. How can that translate to the church of today?
Young Voices: When something terrible happens in our lives, blaming God is an appalling reaction, one that could drive people away from Christian life.
Young Voices: As we near Epiphany, I've been thinking about the fact that we, like the wise men of the Epiphany story, sometimes find stars -- and God -- in unexpected places.
Young Voices: The church has more cracking down to do if it wants to maintain a consistent ethic on how its members perceive women's ordination and interfaith relations.
It has always been difficult, at least for me, to imagine Advent as a season of penitence. In our tradition, the days leading up to Christmas are second only to the days leading up to Easter as an opportunity to practice abstinence, consider our sins and prepare the way of the Lord. Where do the candy, the tree trimming, the lessons and carols, the teas and the sleigh rides fit into all of that?
Young Voices: We are led to believe in extremes, that we are either Red or Blue. But this Advent season, we should remind ourselves that we are all shades of Purple.