Christ in a Waiting Room: An Early Spring Spiritual Epiphany

The painting showed the body of Christ being taken down by the cross, about to be placed in the arms of the sorrowing mother, and all at once I imagined the tears trickling down her face and the blood trickling from his heart, and it felt that everything around me dissolved in that one moment. Continue reading Christ in a Waiting Room: An Early Spring Spiritual Epiphany

Good People and Paradise: Is There Salvation Outside the Church?

In order to get to heaven, is it only necessary that we be a “good person”? This is a question that has been asked, and slapped down, within Christian rhetorical circles on a regular basis. But perhaps we are too quick to do the slapping and less keen on analyzing what goodness truly means, and how moving towards the good connects to the idea of … Continue reading Good People and Paradise: Is There Salvation Outside the Church?

Building a Bridge and Drawing a Line: A Way Forward for Traditional Religious and LGBT Communities

Is there any hope of a bridge being build between traditional religious communities on the one hand and the LGBT community on the other? I don’t believe there’s an easy answer to that question posed in Fr. James Martin’s controversial book entitled Building a Bridge. Continue reading Building a Bridge and Drawing a Line: A Way Forward for Traditional Religious and LGBT Communities

Mary and Fatima: Reflections on the Sacred Feminine in Christianity and Islam

Both Mary and Fatima are seen, in their respective traditions, as “queens of paradise.” And what is a queen of paradise? Perhaps it has less to do with crowns and scepters, and more to do with a certain fullness of being, a height of proximity to the divine light. Continue reading Mary and Fatima: Reflections on the Sacred Feminine in Christianity and Islam

Lightworkers in a Starless Twilight: Staying Spiritually Aware in Dark Times

The world is turning faster and faster and faster, and so many of us feel as if we’re about to fall off the carousel. We are shocked at the spin, and cannot find our footing. For, surely, this has never happened before. Surely, we are the first ones to stand at the edge, and look down and down and down, and not know which way … Continue reading Lightworkers in a Starless Twilight: Staying Spiritually Aware in Dark Times