Who is Christ for Us Today?

Who is Christ for Us Today?   Dietrich Bonheoffer’s  Letters and Papers from Prison: A Biography Martin Marty. Hardback: Princeton UP, 2011. Reviewed by Jess Hale In a digital age, many fear the practice of letter writing is dying at the hands of the technological innovations of email and Twitter. Not only that but commercial publishers continually offer us celebrity and political memoirs, frequently polished and ghostwritten, that provide us with a superabundance of information about many who have not lived rich or significant lives.  Still a German pastor from a Nazi prison cell...
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Grace Before Meals

Grace Before Meals No formal dress will be required but you must come like a child to an ice-cream truck. Class-spilling gestures are preferred to submissive hands in the lap. Belching is a compliment to the chef and pushing peas on the fork with your thumb is blessed by God. But you may not pass the potatoes unless you come with it; and if you insist on twisting a sulking spoon in your soup, you will be asked for your thoughts without the pay of a penny. Now before conversation tthere must bbe silence or else why do batons ppause before symphonies begin. For our subterranean prayers, the wordless...
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Be Grateful for Doubt

The fact is that all the great spiritual models of the ages before us found themselves, at one point or another, plunged into doubt, into darkness, into the certainty of uncertainty: Augustine, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, John the Baptist, Thomas, Peter, one after another of them all wondered, and wavered, and believed beyond belief. Surely, then, doubt is something to be grateful for, something about which to sing an alleluia. Unlike answers that presume the static nature of God and the spiritual life, doubt stretches us beyond ourselves to the guidance of a God whose face is...
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Be Grateful for Doubt

The fact is that all the great spiritual models of the ages before us found themselves, at one point or another, plunged into doubt, into darkness, into the certainty of uncertainty: Augustine, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, John the Baptist, Thomas, Peter, one after another of them all wondered, and wavered, and believed beyond belief. Surely, then, doubt is something to be grateful for, something about which to sing an alleluia. Unlike answers that presume the static nature of God and the spiritual life, doubt stretches us beyond ourselves to the guidance of a God whose face is...
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To Pope Benedict: Be Catholic!  

To Pope Benedict: Be Catholic! The latest move by Pope Benedict XVI to reinstate four schismatic bishops of the St. Pius X Society-which rejects the liberalizing decrees of Vatican Council II (1962-65)-is shocking as it negatively highlights the millions of Catholics he apparently is not interested in reaching out to, including the millions deprived of the Eucharist because of the medieval law requiring that only celibate males can be priests. Last spring the Pew Foundation found that there are currently 65 million American Catholics-and 30 million former American Catholics! These...
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