Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life
This Lent, add a journey story to your reading. Follow Gilgamesh to the ends of the earth or the Knights of the Round Table into the forest.
Vivaldi wrote his Magnificat for a choir of female orphans to sing for their supper. They were truly singing Mary's song.
Dante’s Divine Comedy, if we are willing to read it whole, has a deep unity. The tradition of its interpretation does not.
When did we stop taking church architecture seriously? Christians used to devote themselves to building projects that lasted over a hundred years. Not anymore.
Literary belief is always metaphorical, not actual. What about religious belief?
After two years, I visited my ailing friend. Eventually, he asked for the Eucharist—and suddenly every word mattered.
As we unpack the same ornaments, read the same stories and entertain the same deep thoughts our ancestors did, we have every reason to be gloriously unoriginal.
I recently went to parents' night at my stepsons' school. Since then, I've been thinking about the parishioners I've served over the years.
Captain Phillips emphasizes the larger story: long before they meet, the lives of the pirates and the captain are already bound together.
I have conversations with a wide variety of clergy colleagues. But they're all the same conversation: "Is it well with your soul?"
Sometimes it feels like a thick mist has descended on us, distorting communication. But then a face shines through the mist and dispels it.
Stephanie Paulsell teaches at Harvard Divinity School.
Carol Zaleski is professor of world religions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Learning to Dream Again.
M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Pastor as Minor Poet.
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