NCR Today: The author has been working on a sorrowful project, interviewing mothers of children killed in St. Louis. A lunch lifts her spirits and provides insight on happiness.
AUGUSTINE: CONVERSIONS TO CONFESSIONS
By Robin Lane Fox
Published by Basic Books, $35
Augustine: Conversions to Confessions may be informative to the nth degree, but it's not dense. Robin Lane Fox says he wrote this biography for all readers -- even those in a post-Christian age who do not share Augustine's religious beliefs.
During a cross-country road trip, I stayed in a retreat house with shared bathrooms, and I almost instantly conceived a violent resentment against the person with whom I shared mine.
If your experience has been similar to mine, you may recall that when you were incorporated into the life of Christ and the life of the church through the sacraments of initiation, you were called a "soldier for Christ." As such, we were expected to be staunch defenders of the faith.
At the Intersection: Nudges toward the new and calls for change are challenging for people who cling to tradition and to nostalgic ideals of the past.
A small c catholic: I’ve been intrigued by how both Catholics and Protestants have been engaged by the different (and often similar) ways they’ve experienced Pope Francis.
Global Sisters Report Preview: Awaiting the last two cycles of chemotherapy in the first month of 2016, I find myself in a place that seems to be the womb of God.
Eight centuries before the Magi from the east came bearing gifts to present to Jesus, Micah asked, "With what shall I come before the Lord and bow before God most high? Shall I come with holocausts, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with myriad streams of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my crime?" (Micah 6:6-7). The prophet gave voice to the desperation of his people, who were overwhelmed by their own sinfulness and shame.
Like much of the country just now, my parish is buried under snow. It is lovely.
The physical beauty of the shimmering clean white cover over everything is stunning. But there is also the spiritual beauty of a big snow fall. It is a universal Sabbath, given to us by God or nature or both.
In 2003 I wrote about the beauty and blessing of snow. It is still true:
"This blanket of snow is a spiritual experience. It is a sign of God's grace and a metaphor for how that grace is experienced."
First of all it is powerful.
NCR Today: So, what about 2016? What might a good, progressive, feminist Catholic hope for? Pray for?