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

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

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

George Herbert’s Secrets of Soul Revealed in a Package of Poetry

He suffered with poor health throughout his life and died of consumption in 1633 at the age of 39.  Before he died he sent a collection of poems to a friend, the founder of the Anglican religious community, Little Gidding. This request, it is said, accompanied the manuscript: Sir, I pray deliver this little book … Continue reading George Herbert’s Secrets of Soul Revealed in a Package of Poetry

Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

While intentionally seeking more daily silence, I'm also grateful for the invention of earbuds.  They're not not entirely a blessing, of course.  Earbuds can further the ever-growing problem of isolation. They can override the "still, small voice" by drowning it in mindless noise. But selective listening, fully present to the voice that's speaking, is a … Continue reading Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

Art washes from the soul the dust of ordinary life.  --Picasso This simple sentence makes exploring the world of art and artists accessible, removing the fear that I'm not deep enough or educated enough to find enjoyment in its kaledescopic worlds.  Art washes the dust of ordinary life from the soul. One artist who does … Continue reading Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall