“Being is good simply because it is being. The material world, because it is God’s good world, is invested with His holiness and is the object of His continuing love. Fallen and bent it is, but there is still ‘the dearest freshness deep down things.’”—Jaroslav Pelikan,from this gem of a commencement speech he gave in 1960
With Pope JPII’s canonization into sainthood on Sunday, a look back. In 2005, we produced a retrospective on the late pope’s religious legacy after his death. Krista speaks with NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli, priest + author Donald Cozzens, and Yale theologian Margaret Farley. Together they explore some of the critical religious issues of his 26 years as pontiff and discusses the great and contradictory impact he made on the Church in America and abroad.
Wanted to drop you a line and thank you for posting the Andrew Solomon vid. It was wonderful. I can relate on many levels he had touched on as depression has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have shared this video with others as well. Your blog is beautiful! KT
How very kind of you to write. Thank you! We produced a show several years ago called "The Soul in Depression." which features the voice of Mr. Solomon. It continues to be one of the episodes that people still powerfully respond to all these years later.
Folks so loved this thoughtful guest essay by Norman Allen that I thought I’d give it a reprise on Good Friday. He writes that Easter is not just being about Jesus’ resurrection but Mary Magdalene too. Take three minutes to listen and read. It’s a beauty.
The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word but also lends us His ear. So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him. Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something hen they are in the company of others, that this is the one service they have to render. they forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking.
Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either.
“I did not ask for success, I asked for wonder. And You gave it to me.”—~Abraham Joshua Heschel, a prayer from Heschel’s book of Yiddish poems remembered by a listener because of this post on failure and curiosity.