Soul Seeing: "Thank you," I wrote to my dying dad in 1976. "Thank you for raising me on the farm."
"This saying is hard! Who can accept it?" That's the first-century public reaction to what Jesus was teaching in the Bread of Life discourse, but many women may well say the same of some of the ideas in the Letter to the Ephesians.
I spent two weeks in the ecumenical monastic community of Taizé this month alongside thousands of other pilgrims. Taizé recently celebrated three anniversaries.
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus is telling us that for all of us who share in this banquet, this Eucharist ... we begin to live eternal life now."
Young Voices: Here are just a few of the thoughts I had in the wake of a 58-mile hike in the Pacific Northwest.
Today's first reading sounds like a description of a feast of fools. Who would brag that they were singled out to receive a special invitation addressed to the ignorant or a reserved place at the supper for the simple? Yet when Lady Wisdom sets the table in her mansion, she is very particular about her guest list -- she invites only the unpretentious.
The Peace Pulpit: "God is always loving us. God is love and somehow, we have to try to be like that -- be love."
DISTANT NEIGHBORS: THE SELECTED LETTERS OF WENDELL BERRY AND GARY SNYDER
Edited by Chad Wriglesworth
Published by Counterpoint, $16.95
Opinion: Once I began to refer to the Holy Spirit in the feminine in my sermons and in the creed, certain results followed — slowly at first, but inevitably.
As the United States gears up for the next presidential election in 2016, would-be contenders are already coming forward to announce their candidacies. As soon as each makes his or her intentions public, the race begins -- not the presidential race, but a parallel race bent on smearing the opposition by digging into their personal lives for every true or unsubstantiated detail that might cast doubt on their abilities, ethics, principles and values.