Thomas Merton, a giant of 20th century spirituality, died 44 years ago today. The Rev. James Martin reflects on Merton’s life.
Day: December 10, 2012
Bland, suffocating unanimity cannot replace the reality of political differences. In theology as in politics, conflict is real. The important thing is not that we mustn’t fight. That is inevitable. It’s rather that we mustn’t draw blood when doing so.
When one discerns for the ordained ministry in TEC, the entirety of one’s life is picked apart, analyzed and judged as being worthy of recommendation to the bishop for ordination. Is it any wonder that those who pass the strictures of said processes often act if they are somehow superior to those not “in the club”?
When old ideas lose energy, when relationships wane, when institutions crumble, when things unravel, when we feel decay, when understanding fails — “stand up and raise your heads.”
Harriet Baber makes a couple of provocative claims in a comment on yesterday’s item about why people don’t go to church. She notes: