Truth to Power — The Journalism of a Benedictine Monk

   I return to Saskatchewan every summer to visit friends and relatives and usually I drop in at St. Peter’s Abbey near Humboldt. I attended boarding school there in the 1960s and I retain a respect and fondness for the Benedictine monks. I spent several hours on my 2008 visit with Father Andrew Britz, the former editor of the Prairie Messenger, a newspaper published by the monks since 1904. Andrew, ill with Parkinson’s disease, asked if I would work with him to compile an anthology of his best writing during a long tenure as editor between 1983 and 2004. Our collaboration has...
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A look at the Church through the pen of a cartoonist

    Click on the link below http://godlaughingorcrying.blogspot.com/   Thanks to John Chuchman 
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Sacred Sexuality

  Some ThoughtsonSexual Morality I. An Inconsistency Church teachingis that an historical-critical approach to the biblehas as its prime concernarriving at a deeper and fuller knowledgeof the mind of the author. Church teachingagrees that the mind of the authorcannot be determined with objective exactitude. Church teaching is that events reported in the Bibleare interpreted events. If an interpreteris to arrive at the meaning intended by an author,he/she must be aware of the socio-historic situationof the writerand of the interpreter. Thus,the Bible is nota moral manualto be followed...
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Discovering the mystery of God

The Sufi tell stories that say all I think I’ll ever know about finding God. The first story is a disarming and compelling one. It is also, I think, a troublesome one, a fascinating one, a chastening one: “Help us to find God,” the seeker begged the Elder. “No one can help you there,” the Elder answered. “But why not?” the seeker insisted. “For the same reason that no one can help a fish to find the ocean.” The answer is clear: There is no one who can help us find what we already have. The second story is even more challenging. “Once upon a...
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The Wisdom of Women

The wisdom of women consists not only in their individual contributions but also in their association with men in the nurture and well-being of life in all its forms: cosmological, social, economic, familial, and personal. This wisdom flourished throughout the Neolithic period of Western civilization. Now, after surviving in a suppressed condition throughout the patriarchal history of modern Europe and America, the wisdom of women is re-asserting itself in all phases of human activity.   In its full religious-spiritual expression, the wisdom of women seems to have developed in late...
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