A Little Litany for Lenten Temptations: Choose Life

I like open options. Who doesn’t? Even in my spiritual life. Sure, the Bible gives us a moral roadmap for life's big temptations, but once we accept its framework as truth, a zillion miniscule options are still a matter of choice. A menu of spiritual options presents itself each year the week or so before … Continue reading A Little Litany for Lenten Temptations: Choose Life

Aslan, Ashes and Jonah: the Incredible Opportunity of a Lenten Prophetic Witness

One of my favorite moments in The Chronicles of Narnia occurs in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when Aslan, the golden-lion Christ figure, breathes life into creatures who had been turned to stone by the White Witch. Having released the statue-captives from bondage, Aslan immediately prepares them for battle: The stone lion Aslan … Continue reading Aslan, Ashes and Jonah: the Incredible Opportunity of a Lenten Prophetic Witness

T.S. Eliot: There Is Not Enough Silence

T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday Lois Untermeyer, In Modern American Poetry, says "Ash Wednesday" is perhaps T. S. Eliot's most perfect poem.  It's perfect for beginning a season contemplating both speech and silence. Eliot is best known for "his brooding masterpiece" The Waste Land, the cryptic condemnation of desiccated, fruitless modernism. In this, Fr. George Rutler … Continue reading T.S. Eliot: There Is Not Enough Silence