The only thing to be done now, now that the waves of our undoing have begun to strike on us, is to contain ourselves. To keep still, and let the wreckage of ourselves go, let everything go, as the wave smashes us, yet keep still, and hold the tiny grain of something that no wave […]
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Stanley Fish, in a recent New York Times column, tackles those he calls the “schoolyard atheists” who insist that religion is either irrelevant or harmful – and in either case, false. He does this in the context of a reflection on Terry Eagleton’s book, Reason, Faith and Revolution. When Christopher Hitchens declares that given the […]
On the way home from giving a day of prayer in Jacksonville, Sister Elizabeth and I pass a church. A sign outside exhorts: Get away from yourself. Come to church. “Why would I want to get away from myself?” I think. “I’m the only self I have.” Then I remember what Huston Smith says about […]
One day a number of years ago, I fell asleep during my prayer. As I was sleeping, I heard a voice. I knew this was a dream voice. It spoke only two words: “Enoch choices.” I immediately woke up. “Enoch choices?” I repeated. “What on earth does that mean?” So, remembering that Enoch was mentioned […]
Right after D-Day, our Sister Elizabeth — not yet Sister, but Lieutenant Hillmann — was stationed at a hospital in Bristol. Among her patients was a horribly burned soldier, barely out of childhood when he went off to war. He was burned every place on his body except for his face and the palms […]