New today: Secular apocalypse and faith, Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons comment on Jacopo Bassano's Good Samaritan, the trifle of communication

June 7, 2016

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 68:1-10,19-20; Jeremiah 8:14-22Luke 8:40-56

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Roland Allen (Episcopal calendar), István Sándor and Maria Theresa Chiramel (Catholic calendar), Melania the ElderWilliam of YorkGeorge NevilleHans Leo HasslerAnne de XainctongeAugust Hermann FranckeIgnace BourgetGerard Manley HopkinsMary of the Divine HeartMatta El Meskeen

New today from the Century

Benjamin Dueholm reviews Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson’s book How to Survive the Apocalypse. The apocalypse, it seems, is cultural and psychological rather than historical. One can only hope that this theory is right.

Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons comment on Good Samaritan, by Jacopo Bassano. In the context of Catholic Venice in the 16th century, Bassano’s work takes the church to task for failing in its obligations to care for the sick and needy.

The trifle of communication, by Carol Howard Merritt. There is a way that we communicate on an emotional level that can be dangerous. We need to be careful with our hatred and wrath.

After Trump's rise, will conservatives be Plato or Diogenes? By Benjamin J. Dueholm. Win or lose, there is no way for Republican leaders, having supported Trump, to re-establish the many political taboos he has broken.

In the news

Decisions all around as California’s End of Life Option law goes into effect

In the CCblogs network 

Meditation on this Sunday's gospel, by Kristin Berkey-Abbott


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