USC Book Club: Thrift Store Saints by Jane Knuth
Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a time
By Jane Knuth
By Jane Knuth
Edited by Thomas H. Groome and Michael J. Daley
Review: Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, “For me, Father Daniel Berrigan is Jesus as a poet.” In this new anthology John Dear has culled selections from his fellow Jesuit’s poems, journals, essays, and homilies. For Berrigan all spiritual writing is political—for it resists the culture of war and injustice by its very nature—and all political writing for peace and justice is quintessentially spiritual—for it points to the reign of God.
A Sunday 5/23/10 New York Times article demonstrates the utter moral failure of the European secular welfare state. The most disturbing quote of the article is from a former German foreign minister (a Green Party Leftist):
"In Europe we have nationalism and racism in a politicized manner, and those parties would have exploited grievances if not for our welfare state,” he said. “It’s a matter of national security, of our democracy.”
Drawing on her varied experience as a spiritual director, counselor, theologian, teacher, and environmental activist, Kathleen Fischer invites Christians to discover the invaluable guidance and resources our rich spiritual tradition offers for today’s urgently needed ecological conversion.
Review: When South Africa’s Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu talks about goodness, we’d better listen. Tutu chaired the country’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, listening as murderers begged forgiveness from the mothers of their victims. If, after all that he has witnessed, he still believes that we are “made for goodness,” there must be something to it.
Review: So how preoccupied were you today with the past or future, on a scale of 1-10? Me, too. Robert Wicks shakes up readers with this from novelist Walker Percy: "What if life is like a train and I miss it?" Unless you become spiritually mindful, says Wicks, you risk getting left behind on the platform.