Book Review: Between the Dark and the Daylight (Chittister)

Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B is a household name for those Christians (and others) serious about their spiritual life. An international lecturer with more than forty books under her belt, Sister Joan is lauded by many as a sage spiritual guide. Contained in her newest book Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life is … Continue reading Book Review: Between the Dark and the Daylight (Chittister)


Holy Thursday Foot Washing (or The Absurdity of Love)

Much of what we know about the liturgy of Holy Week comes down to us through history from a 4th century nun named Egeria, who documented in detail her three-year pilgrimage through the Holy Land. It seems fitting then to be celebrating Holy Week--and especially the Triduum, the Three Days--with 21st century nuns. The Visitation Sisters celebrate … Continue reading Holy Thursday Foot Washing (or The Absurdity of Love)

On Conjunctions and Incarnation

The most important word in the Christian lexicon is not consubstantial, perichoresis or ontological. No, the most important word for the Christian is the simple conjunction and. As in, "Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human." Indeed, that little conjunction makes that sentence the most revolutionary, fundamental, contentious, and ultimately liberating statement in all of Christianity. More important … Continue reading On Conjunctions and Incarnation

Prophets and Pioneers

Editor's note: This blog was originally published HERE at the Catholic Volunteer Network blog under the title "Ashes to go." I live, work, and pray among prophets. Not the camel-hair-and-locusts or the bushy-beard-and-divine-judgement varieties. My prophets are six nuns who individually and collectively love more deeply than anybody else I've known. The Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis … Continue reading Prophets and Pioneers

A Fleshy Fellowship: Thoughts on Religion vs. Relationship

Much has been said in recent years about the ever-growing group of people who shuck off traditional religion and identify as "spiritual but not religious" (SBNR.) Assumptions are easily made on every side of the issue, with accusations of everything from vanity to legalism being thrown around. At the center of the issue, however, seems … Continue reading A Fleshy Fellowship: Thoughts on Religion vs. Relationship

2015 Reading List

I posted on a "call for submissions" of sorts on my Facebook the other day, looking for reading suggestions from my friends. I've looked through all of their suggestions, as well as the suggestions of other folks (Christena Cleveland and Cambridge University Faculty of Divinity to name but two.) Below is my list of primary … Continue reading 2015 Reading List