Category Religion

Feminism 101

  After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb… 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped […]

Only Half The Story

The poster I saw downtown was designed to shock. I think it succeeded. Too bad the people behind it didn’t know what they were saying. It is advertising a small music festival in Freiburg, Germany, one that started yesterday and ends today. My guess is that all the bands sound the same. By telling you […]

Why They Call It Good Friday

How is it possible to believe, how can anyone believe without fear and trembling that all of God was present in a man? Who can believe that God incarnate is dying on a cross? No reasonable being can accept such an implausible and frightening revelation, the impact of which always makes one reassess everything. – […]

Behold the Lamb!

I think it is a cake, though I am really not sure. At least it isn’t an Easter egg. Easter is this Sunday, for those who aren’t part of the Orthodox tradition. That means Friday is a holiday. Sunday as well. Monday too in many places. I gather this Easter Lamb is a fairly popular […]

Largely Forgotten

I went for a walk in the neighborhood and got slapped in the face by history. Almost knocked me over. It wasn’t in Sulzburg where history can go back a millennium, but Rome where recorded history can take you back 3,000 years. We were just wandering through the neighborhood where my son and his wife […]

Church Facades

  My family tolerates my affinity for church buildings. But they don’t indulge me. In Rome that might be a good thing, given the number of churches in the city – more than 900. If we stopped to check out each one we passed by, we’d never get to our destination. That is because I […]

Death By Stoning

The outrage seems a little contrived to me. Or maybe it was a slow news day The headline said Brunei, a small southeast Asian nation, was implementing the death penalty for those found guilty of committing homosexual sex or adultery. Those convicted would be stoned to death. My first thought was: “Why is this news? […]