In short, the message of this poem is an elaboration of Jacob's exclamation in Genesis 28:16: “Truly, the Lord is in this spot, although I did not know it.” Though I don’t often realize it, God is always with me.
This post is the second piece in a series about Pope John XXIII, who opened the Vatican II Council on October 11, 1962. I hope we can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the council, and live out its mission, by following the example of the Good Pope. John’s motto for his papacy was “pastor and … Continue reading Lessons from Good Pope John, Part 2: Compassion and courage
As the terrorist attacks unfolded in Norway but before their origins were fully known, many assumed that the perpetrator was a Muslim. To everyone’s surprise, the terrorist wasn’t Muslim, but rather a blond, Christian, anti-Muslim extremist, Anders Behring Breivik. Immediately after the attacks, American anti-Muslim activists (like those I mentioned in Wednesday's post) frantically distanced … Continue reading The Oslo Opportunity, Part 4: ‘He’s not a Christian!’
In the weeks since the terrorist attacks in Norway, I’ve read a lot of articles and op-eds attempting to flesh out their implications and identify the tensions that led to them. Though the attacks were truly horrific, they present us with a much-needed opportunity to discuss a topic that is too often ignored in the … Continue reading The Oslo Opportunity, Part 1: Talking about Terrorism
To all of my fellow Catholics, Happy Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola! "Every good Christian ought to be more disposed to put a good interpretation on a neighbor's statement than to condemn it." –St. Ignatius To all of my Muslim friends, Ramadan Karim! “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek … Continue reading Happy holidays!