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

C.S. Lewis and the Calormenes: A Commentary on Narnia’s Arabesque Baddies

Stereotyping all things “other” has been something of a given in the history of humanity since the first concepts of tribal, religious, and territorial distinctions emerged. The East and West divide between Christians and Muslims is certainly no exception, hammered home by centuries of wars and rumors of wars, spurred on by the instinct to simplify the complexity of anything perceived to be a threat, … Continue reading C.S. Lewis and the Calormenes: A Commentary on Narnia’s Arabesque Baddies

The Case of Asia Bibi: A Catholic Look at Blasphemy Laws

    This past couple of weeks, the news has been immersed in the controversial case of Asia Bibi, who has been on trial for her life under the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. The origin cause seems to have been a petty squabble with neighbors involving use of a local well and the utensils used to draw water, with several Muslim women claiming that the Catholic … Continue reading The Case of Asia Bibi: A Catholic Look at Blasphemy Laws