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Opinion: Faith

Fasting: Hunger in the Service of Communion

Lent is traditionally described as a season of “self-denial.” So we find ourselves thinking about what to give up. We may give up chocolate, or beer, and find ourselves lamenting over them before Lent is over. Others object, and speak instead about “doing something positive” for Lent. Rather than giving something up they advocate taking… READ MORE >

(1) COMMENT  |  TOPICS:    fasting | hunger | jesus | lent

Opinion: Spirituality

The Joy of Nada—Doing Nothing for Lent

The Joy of Nada—Doing Nothing for Lent Pascal said “the sole cause of man’s unhappiness” is that he doesn’t know “how to stay quietly in his room.” That suggests something you can do for Lent—nothing. It’s not too late. If you’ve forgotten how, “All Nothing, All the Time,” a travel article in today’s New York Times, can help. “Aggressive… READ MORE >

(3) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    lent | nothing | travel

Opinion: Life

A night with the gang

It was my third night at the parish welcoming a group of homeless men for a wonderful meal, which tonight was cooked up by a lovely couple whose chili, both a vegetarian and meat version, was outstanding. I am getting to know some of the men. They spend their days in a center in midtown New York where they can’t spend the night. For… READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    homeless | lent

News: Faith

Through His Eyes: Stations of the Cross

For centuries... many stations were crowded with Roman soldiers and jeering or appalled onlookers, perhaps set against someone’s impression of first-century Jerusalem. Eric Gill’s 1918 stations, carved in shallow relief for Westminster Cathedral in London, pointed in a new direction. The figures were few and without background; the compositions were simple and formal, not theatrical. Rather than dictating an emotional response, the stone panels left space for the devotee’s own thoughts... Don Meserve, a fervent admirer of Gill, works within this contemporary current...'What strikes one from the outset is the absence of the figure of Christ — the perplexing absence of the protagonist himself.'” READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    lent | passion | stations | via crucis

Opinion: Spirituality

Well-Springs of Belief: An undiscovered contemporary classic

Well-Springs of Belief: An undiscovered contemporary classic As Holy Week began and I reviewed my slack observance of Lent—that is, as I reflected on “things done and left undone”—I found I had wasted my soul more than anything through needless distraction. Pascal pointed out how kings have their minstrels and courtiers and fools to ward off the possibility of self-reflection, as he diagnoses… READ MORE >

(15) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    dale allison | lent | nature | silence

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