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

Grant Me the Grace to Hurt Like Rich Mullins

I once heard a song on the radio that moved me so much I called the station to find out who the artist was.  The song, it turned out,  was "Boy Like Me/Man Like You."  The heartbreakingly vulnerable voice that had moved me belonged to Rich Mullins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34avuGLFs4c "Boy Like Me/Man Like You" is the … Continue reading Grant Me the Grace to Hurt Like Rich Mullins

Flight from Norway: Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset, Part 2

Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset deserves her place among women held up as models of greatness simply for her accomplishment as the author of Kristin Lavransdatter, the medieval trilogy for which she won a Nobel Prize in 1928.  But there is so much more.  Part I details her life up to her reception of the prestigious … Continue reading Flight from Norway: Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset, Part 2

Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset, Author of Kristin Lavransdatter

  I'm indebted to Thomas More College literature professor Anthony Esolen for being the first to make me ponder why Sigrid Undset so seldom appears on lists of women offered as role models for girls aiming for greatness. Reading The Art of Compassion: A Biography of Sigrid Undset by Yola Miller Sigerson, I now consider … Continue reading Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset, Author of Kristin Lavransdatter

Ashes and the Assumption: The Body’s Dignity Even in Death

My favorite trail is named for the cathedral-spired rock formations lining both sides of a mountain canyon. Its curves link vistas so stunning that hikers hesitate to turn back when clouds gather and daylight dwindles. “It would be cool if my family would scatter my ashes somewhere up here,” a friend mused on a camping … Continue reading Ashes and the Assumption: The Body’s Dignity Even in Death

3 Reasons to Make Time for Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter was recently released in an Audible edition, and it's included in a Washington Post review of the best new audiobook releases. I recently finished this Nobel-winning trilogy and used a credit on the 44 hour listen anyway.  That's how compelling this story is. The length of the trilogy deterred me for years, but … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Make Time for Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter

The Truth Is in the Stars … or Is Faith the Final Frontier?

Why is it possible to learn more in ten minutes about the Crab Nebula in Taurus, which is 6,000 light years away, than you presently know about yourself, even though you've been stuck with yourself all your life? Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book "Space:  the final frontier." It's impossible to … Continue reading The Truth Is in the Stars … or Is Faith the Final Frontier?

Don’t Fear the Forge: In Which The Benedict Option Mingles with a Rock Book and a Yeats Poem

While immersed in Rod Dreher's much-discussed The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation a few weeks ago, a children's book startled me with a hopeful connection. My son's kids had come to visit and I'd turned to reading nature books with them, but as we read and baked and played and … Continue reading Don’t Fear the Forge: In Which The Benedict Option Mingles with a Rock Book and a Yeats Poem