Wander into the Wardrobe: Reasons to Return to Narnia in December

Along with the pleasure of lighting the Advent wreath, of busy preparations and programs and starry night silence, I love to return to the land of the lamp post in December, to do battle against the White Witch who made made Narnia always winter but never Christmas. I refuse to join the war between fans … Continue reading Wander into the Wardrobe: Reasons to Return to Narnia in December

Advent’s First Week: It Is Better to Light One Candle

December days are short, hemmed in darkness. Grateful for a new liturgical year with its wisdom of waiting and preparation, we place new candles in the old Advent wreath. We light the first candle. Just the first. In silence, preparing to read the first scripture of the season, an old proverb rises in the heart: … Continue reading Advent’s First Week: It Is Better to Light One Candle

Deathbed Conversions and the Power of God’s “Persistent, Patient Call”

The liturgical year concludes with prompts to consider the four last things, so during November I took up a little book on deathbed conversions and found that couldn't put it down.  Deathbed Conversions:  Finding Faith at the Finish Line is a thoroughly engaging, hopeful read offering behind-the-scenes glimpses into the hidden spiritual search of some … Continue reading Deathbed Conversions and the Power of God’s “Persistent, Patient Call”

Grow Your Family’s Gratitude with The Secret of Saying Thanks

"The world is full of secrets, gentle, shy things that some people know and some don't.  The best secrets are the ones that make us happy, and the best thing about any secret is sharing it with someone else who wants to know..." Read these words with a child and perhaps you'll find yourself the … Continue reading Grow Your Family’s Gratitude with The Secret of Saying Thanks

Luther and the Little Way: A Gradual Gift from a Catholic Conversion

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation has concluded.  The year provided many occasions for dialog, discussion and defense of each side of the Catholic-Protestant divide. I've been an invested observer, having been received into the Catholic Church over a decade ago after a lifetime as an active Evangelical, but I'm unqualified to spar with theologians … Continue reading Luther and the Little Way: A Gradual Gift from a Catholic Conversion

Intentional Earbuds #2–The MARS HILL AUDIO Journal: Where All Things Considered Meets God

It's been described as "heady, extraordinary."  It's where I first heard about Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter and P.D. James' The Children of Men.  I discovered Alan Jacobs had written a biography of C.S. Lewis by listening, added it to my wishlist and gratefully received The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis for Christmas that year.  It's also … Continue reading Intentional Earbuds #2–The MARS HILL AUDIO Journal: Where All Things Considered Meets God

Neither Share a Reckless Rant nor Post a Mocking Meme: Give Me a Clean Heart

"Woke up this morning The whole world was yelling I wish I was dreaming Of all that we've been through" These are the opening lines of "Clean Heart," the first song on the album I can't stop listening to:  Matt Maher's new release, Echoes. If there's anything good coming out of our current climate of division … Continue reading Neither Share a Reckless Rant nor Post a Mocking Meme: Give Me a Clean Heart

Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset Part 3: American Exile and Return to Norway

On the evening  of April 7, 1940, two days before the Nazis invaded Sigrid Undset's homeland, the Nobel prizewinner was in Oslo speaking at a meeting of the Norwegian Students' Association.  The guest of honor was Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day. Neither woman could have imagined that they'd  meet again, but two nights after the … Continue reading Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset Part 3: American Exile and Return to Norway

Rich Mullins’ Musical Legacy May Include Drawing Catholics and Protestants a Little Closer

"There's more that rises on the prairie than the wind." These words still rise in my heart when the majesty of the natural world lifts it. They're from "If I Stand," a 1988 release by Rich Mullins and Steve Cudworth. Jars of Clay covered "If I Stand" a decade later on a tribute album released a … Continue reading Rich Mullins’ Musical Legacy May Include Drawing Catholics and Protestants a Little Closer