Reflections of a first-time ‘marcher’

The 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae seemed like an auspicious year to attend the Mass for Life and the Washington State March for Life for the first time. I am grateful that I was able to finally attend.

¿Pretendía Jesús iniciar una iglesia?

P: ¿Dónde surge el concepto de una “iglesia” entre Jesús y los apóstoles? No recuerdo escuchar acerca de “Iglesias” en la historia judía y me pregunto si Jesús pretendía iniciar una nueva iglesia o si su primera intención era reformar la fe judía.

Did Jesus intend to start a church?

Q: Where does the concept of a “church” arise among Jesus and the apostles? I don’t remember hearing about “churches” in Jewish history and I’m wondering if Jesus intended to start a new church or if his primary intention was to reform the Jewish faith.

Cómo tener una sagrada familia

Era un caluroso día de julio hace 32 años cuando mi familia posó por última vez para un retrato formal. Ahí estamos mi madre y sus cinco hijos (mi padre había muerto en 1972), esposos y nietos, de pie o sentados con atención en la sala, con nuestros trajes de domingo, zapatos bien boleados y cabello bien peinado, sonriendo como si no hubiera preocupaciones en el mundo.

Tolkien, Chesterton and the adventure of mission

There is a common, and I’ll admit somewhat understandable, interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy that sees the great work as a celebration of the virtues of the Shire, that little town where the hobbits dwell in quiet domesticity. Neat, tidy hobbit holes, filled with comfortable furniture, delicate tea settings, and cozy fireplaces are meant, this reading has it, to evoke the charms of a “merrie old England” that existed before the rise of modernity and capitalism. As I say, there is undoubtedly something to this, for Tolkien, along with C.S. Lewis and the other members of the Inklings group, did indeed have a strong distaste for the excesses of the modern world. 

The challenge of John Chau

Perhaps you’ve heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated communities in the world, and who, for his trouble, was killed before he even got past the beach. His endeavor has inspired a whole range of reactions — outrage, puzzlement, sympathy, deep admiration — and has stirred up in many people, both religious and secular, questions about the missionary nature of Christianity.

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