A Lenten Invitation from a Babbling Brook: Focus on Speech and Silence

A few weeks into the new year, I check the liturgical calendar for Ash Wednesday's date and begin pondering a focus for Lent. Though the Lenten season feels long and challenging, I've gradually come to love the season famous for “giving something up.” Why do I love Lent, with its penitential preparation for Holy Week … Continue reading A Lenten Invitation from a Babbling Brook: Focus on Speech and Silence

The Book Thief Stole My Heart (and Reminded Me Why I Read)

“To most people, Hans Huberman was barely visible. An un-special person....Not important or particularly valuable.” The speaker is Death, the steely-yet-bemused narrator in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. But his description of this “un-special person” isn't finished, as the phrase “to most people” intimates. “The frustration of that appearance, as you can imagine, was its … Continue reading The Book Thief Stole My Heart (and Reminded Me Why I Read)

Dialog in a Divisive Time: Bishop Barron, Dave Rubin and the Space Between

A Catholic bishop and an atheist engaged in a warm public conversation when Dave Rubin invited Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron for a sit-down on The Rubin Report not long ago.  Their hour-long conversation is available in two segments on YouTube (Belief, Faith and the Church Sex Scandal and Abortion, Gay Marriage and Porn).  … Continue reading Dialog in a Divisive Time: Bishop Barron, Dave Rubin and the Space Between

Peter Rabbit, Bluebeard, and Adam and Eve: A Theological Meandering

The mother of one of the children at my school came to discuss strategies for handling her four-year-old daughter's constant complaints about rules. Exceptionally inquisitive and logical, the girl reminds me of one of my sons, who at about the same age, disputed my insistence on a daily afternoon nap. When I tried reducing the … Continue reading Peter Rabbit, Bluebeard, and Adam and Eve: A Theological Meandering