The 4-year-old, the Sharpie, and the expensive table

Old and new never become so nearly indistinguishable as they do when one parish calendar is slipped off its hook on the inside...

The church is made up of sinners, including us

“Lies, damned lies and statistics” is how Mark Twain told of his displeasure with statistics. That is how we feel when we hear...

More discussion of women’s ordination to the diaconate

Just when I thought that the discussion on women deacons in the church was historically being shelved once again, a few discussions have taken...

The depiction of Christ’s crucifixion in Salvador Dalí’s art

It may be surprising to some Christians that neither the crucifix, nor the transfixed beams of the Latin or Greek cross, were commonly used...

Unexpected Christmas guests: a great gift

There is a religious ceremony, somewhat ecumenical these days, called the Lighting of the Advent Wreath. The wreath is made of fir tree branches,...

Bread, prayer, work and all they imply

As I researched this series on Salvador Dalí, I tried to get my hands on as many books about his work and life...

A lesson from Ralphie on active waiting

Traditions have a way of sneaking up on you. One minute you’re doing something a little different and then — snap — you’ve...

Pope Francis’ missionary trip to Asia

During Pope Francis’ “missionary” trip to Asia he was greeted at the first stay of his visit in Thailand to cheers of welcome...

Artistic interpretations of reality beyond the physical

Salvador Dalí’s most recognizable paintings are probably The Persistence of Memory and its quasi-sequel The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory. It’s here that...

Inspiration for an artistic view of ‘The Ecumenical Council’

A detail from Diego Velázquez’s 1656 painting “Las Meninas.” In place of a signature on his own painting “The Ecumenical Council,”...
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