Books
November 02, 2009
The story of an extraordinary encounter at the height of the Fifth Crusade
Books
September 22, 2008
Aviad Kleinberg a professor of history at Tel Aviv University belongs to that not inconsiderable number of contemporary historians who have taken seriously the cult of the saints in the history of Christianity That interest in the saints has been especially energized by Peter Brown rsquo s The Cu
Culture
February 19, 2007
It is interesting that in the authoritative Dictionnaire de Spiritualité there is a very long essay on the history of the practice of lectio divina (the meditative reading of Scripture), but only a very short follow-up entry on spiritual reading. The old practice of the meditative reading of Script
October 02, 2006
In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that the essential functions of the church are three, for which he gives the Greek terms: leitourgia (worship), marturia/kerygma (witness/proclamation), and diakonia (service). He uses the word marturia (witness) in the original s
Culture
August 14, 2006
At the insistent urging of a motel clerk near the Minneapolis airport a few years ago, I took the motel shuttle to that temple of American consumerism, The Mall of America, even though, as I told the lady at the front desk, I am not a mall kind of a guy. After a few bewildering minutes of strolling
Faith
January 30, 2006
There are so many mistaken notions about St. John of the Cross (1542-91) that we might do well to clarify some of them.
Books
October 10, 2005
In 1918 the German religion scholar Friedrich Heiler published his great phenomenological study of prayer which for all its merits and sympathy for prayer was flawed by his rigid separation of prayer from ritual gesture folk custom and icon Heiler rsquo s restrictive methodology did not come
Books
August 30, 2004
Invariably reviewers of writings by the Rev Andrew Greeley feel obliged to mention how much he writes which is a lot Few bother to note how certain basic themes run like threads through his work particularly when Greeley reflects on the mountain of data he has produced over a very long career a
February 23, 2004
It always disappoints me a bit when the celebrant at Mass chooses Eucharistic Prayer 1 (the Roman Canon) and skips the invocation of the saints, that resonant list of early martyrs recited before and after the institution narrative. The omission is all the more disappointing since one of those lists
Books
November 10, 2003
Karl Rahner famously observed that the saints teach us that it is possible to live the Christian life in this particular way Rahner rsquo s point is that the saints may serve as paradigms for us which is not to say that every saintly life is a necessary model for us to emulate While we may learn