Soul Seeing: I eat a sloppy joe in the community kitchen with my classmate Morrie, bishop of Paris, Kan., then follow him around as he talks with guests.
Mark sets a nearly breathless stage for this Gospel incident. Jesus and the disciples had weathered a great storm, then Jesus cured a demoniac, caused a pig-herd tragedy, and finally returned to Jewish territory from across the sea (Mark 4:35-5:21).
My Table is Spread: Shortly after I turned in my last column about my daughter's work to reduce violence, she faced violence at home.
The Peace Pulpit: Let the love of God impel us to reach out to others in love even in the most terrible circumstances of hate and violence.
Young Voices: Young people are demanding change. I hear them each day. They demand our commitment and our ability to see and recognize the truth.
A small c catholic: We must listen to our hearts the way Bonhoeffer did, "not as an advocate of [fill in the blank] over against all other traditions."
Kurt Vonnegut is quoted as saying, "People say there are no atheists in foxholes. A lot of people think this is a good argument against atheism. Personally, I think it's a much better argument against foxholes."
That thought might offer a good start for us as we meditate on the question of a good God and suffering, an underlying theme of today's readings.
The Peace Pulpit: What does the Reign of God mean? What would it look like if the Reign of God came in fullness?
Overall, church/organized religion is now ranked in fourth place in the Gallup survey behind the military, small business and the police.
The annual Cosmos & Creation Conference has developed into a much-anticipated gathering of men and women of science who are, for lack of a better word, believers.