From David Brooks: Building Spiritual Capital.

My own remarks, with link to opinion piece below. One of the more harmful effects of the tremendous success of the American paradigm is that even those citizens who define themselves as spiritual or religious but strong walls around their expression of this sensibility when in a public forum. The problem with this is that if it is true that Christianity in particular is at core relational, it cannot be...

“The Most Significant Spiritual Phenomenon in the English Speaking World”: 12 Step Spirituality Explained

Richard Rohr does a great job at explaining in clear language the spirituality of the 12 steps in this presentation. Click here to be brought to video.

The forgiven forgiver: Jame’s Alison understanding of Christianity and the presence of the scapegoat.

Jame’s Alison is one of the most important theologian’s today of a practical bent. I make some preliminary remarks here regarding his ideas. The first concept is “mimesis”. In ancient Greece, mimesis was an idea that governed the creation of works of art, in particular, with correspondence to the physical world understood as a model for beauty, truth, and the good. Plato...

On the role of unavoidable suffering in life, by David Brooks

From the article: “….suffering drags you deeper into yourself. The theologian Paul Tillich wrote that people who endure suffering are taken beneath the routines of life and find they are not who they believed themselves to be. The agony involved in, say, composing a great piece of music or the grief of having lost a loved one smashes through what they thought was the bottom floor of their...

From America Magazine: Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

Excerpts from article on Pope Francis’ recent “apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document.” Pope Francis reiterates his earlier criticisms of “ideologies that defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation,” which he blames for the current financial crisis and attributes to an “idolatry of money.” In...

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