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

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

The Mars Hill Audio Journal, Where All Things Considered Meets God: Intentional Earbuds #2

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: Intentional Earbuds #2

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

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. "Boy Like Me/Man Like You" is the second … 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 … 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 questioning 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 the oversight egregious.  Undset's response to … 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