Music, Meaning and a Piece of Maria: How the Song & Story Podcast Can Fill the Music Void You Didn’t Know You Had

Something's been missing in my music-listening life since the digital age changed the way I go about accessing new songs. Sure, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon offer avenues of listeners-like-you-also-bought discovery, but there was still a certain unnamed lack. Refusing to moan about how much better things were back in the day when we all tuned in … Continue reading Music, Meaning and a Piece of Maria: How the Song & Story Podcast Can Fill the Music Void You Didn’t Know You Had

Toward Authenticity in the Cultural Moment: Three Lessons from Dorothy Day

She never shied away from the contentions of political engagement.  She practiced what she preached, responding to the wretchedness of Depression-era poverty by co-founding a movement that established a newspaper, communal farms and "Houses of Hospitality" for the homeless.  She had an abortion as a young woman but would ultimately regret it and defend human … Continue reading Toward Authenticity in the Cultural Moment: Three Lessons from Dorothy Day

Recover Your Optimism with The Love Good Podcast

Plenty is happening in the culture that can bring a person down, but many of us aren't content to stay there. We're weary of marketplace mantras and the pushy public square. Actively seeking sources of goodness, truth and beauty,  we're out to restore our resilient spirits and fill our hearts with hope.  Are you with … Continue reading Recover Your Optimism with The Love Good Podcast

In the Night: A Song for Your Playlist of Hope

 "At the very moment when we need faith the most, it can seem most elusive." The man who wrote these words is losing his eyesight, and I'd begun reading his book on suffering only a day or two before the news of a mass shooting at the Sunday morning service of the First Baptist Church … Continue reading In the Night: A Song for Your Playlist of Hope

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 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

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

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

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. "Boy Like Me/Man Like You" is the second … Continue reading Grant Me the Grace to Hurt Like Rich Mullins