Monthly Archive: October 2008

Worthwhile Work

Next week work will be taking me to LA. The week after that I’ll be heading to… well, someplace else. Geez. I hate flying. I have a phobia. It terrifies me. Think “Rain Man.” Anyway… This week I’ve met a few well-travelled folks, people who are...

Merton Monday 29

  It is useless and even laughable to base political thought on the faint hope of a purely contingent and subjective moral illumination in the hearts of the world’s leaders. But outside of political thought and action, in the religious sphere, it is not only permissible...

Merton Monday 28

  If I am to be “holy” I must [be] something that I do not understand, something mysterious and hidden, something apparently self-contradictory; for God, in Christ, “emptied Himself.” He became a man, and dwelt among sinners. He was considered a sinner. He was put to...

Merton Monday 27

  Every one of us forms an idea of Christ that is limited and incomplete. It is cut according to our own measure. We tend to create for ourselves a Christ in our own image, a projection of our own aspirations, desires and ideals. We find...

Heads or Tails?

Clichés, almost by definition, are oversimplifications: “There are two sides to every coin,” or “There’s good and bad in everything.” But, for the purposes of this post, I will make use of such an oversimplification. This week I was reading a news article about creativity and...

Merton Monday 26

Here are some observations from Thomas, which I borrow in the moment to comment on the upcoming election, with no more nor less cynicism directed at either candidate: A revolution is supposed to be a change that turns everything completely around. But the ideology of political...

Slight of Hand

I caught most of the Biden/Palin debate. Or, if you prefer, Palin/Biden debate. The most useful thing for me in the debate was that it touched on one of my favorite examples of politics in action. When asked about rights for homosexuals, Biden of course was...