Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a time
By Jane Knuth
Reclaiming Catholicism: Traditions Old and New
Edited by Thomas H. Groome and Michael J. Daley
Essential Writingsby Daniel Berrigan; Edited with an Introduction by John Dear, S. J.
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.”
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: The hallmark of Catholicism is its ability to find in our human stories the unfolding story of God’s relationship to Creation. The hallmark of great Catholic writing is putting these stories to paper in ways that lead readers back to their own experience of God. Patrick Hannon’s work embodies both.