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On Baptism

Baptism with pentecostal fire

1. Those who live near the ocean know the primal power of water to give life. The swirling water can release repressed emotions; it’s surprising how quickly old wounds can heal in the clean, salty waves. For centuries Christians have gone down to the waters, deep and strange, seeking this life.   In the early Church,…

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Why be a Christian? Pt 3

Timothy Radcliffe What is the Point of Being a Christian?

The final chapter of Timothy Radcliffe’s work is about stopping, recollecting ourselves and, strange as it might seem, playing games. It is about Sabbath rest.  In Christ, we learn to reclaim the sweetness of time, the otium sanctum—the sacredness of rest.  And this is our obligation for, as we hear in Genesis, God rested on the…

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Why be a Christian? Pt 2

Timothy Radcliffe What is the Point of Being a Christian?

Endurance Joy in this life is mixed with pain. Yet our joy sustains us through it all, teaching us patience.   As St Augustine says: “Let us sing Alleluia here below while we are still anxious, so that we may sing it one day there above when we are free from care…Let us sing Alleluia, not…

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Timothy Radcliffe: Why be a Christian? Pt 1

Timothy Radcliffe What is the Point of Being a Christian?

Timothy Radcliffe OP begins What is the Point of Being a Christian? (2009) with the words of Cardinal Shard, “[t]o be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would make…

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Oscar Romero in his own Words

Oscar Romero mural

    The quotes below are from James Brockman SJ’s The Violence of Love: The Pastoral Wisdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988) CHRIST THE LIBERATOR   Christianity is not a collection of truths to be believed, of laws to be obeyed, of prohibitions. That makes it very distasteful.  Christianity is…

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Archbishop Justin on Money

Justin Welby Dethroning Mammon 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2017 Lent book is Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace. Archbishop Justin argues that Mammon, the idol of economics and finance, has distorted our valuation of people and things.  The exchange value of a thing is so often a poor reflection of its worth. If we could see with the eyes of…

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Rowan Williams: Sacraments of the New Society

Wooly Rowan Williams with green ferns

We cannot choose our families; nor can we choose the members of the Body of Christ. Like any family, frayed tempers and arguments should not be cause for walking or splitting apart.  The Church is, or should be, a sign of humanity’s reconciliation.  That is Williams’ foundational commitment in On Christian Theology. Is this a…

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John Macquarrie’s Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 2

John Macquarrie Anglican Theologian

Whenever we come into new knowledge, create anew, make friends or new connections—we transcend ourselves, experiencing the Holy Spirit. To experience the Spirit is to experience ek-stasis, a standing out of oneself, say Macquarrie.  It is to grow. The Church is “the growing point where the upbuilding work of the Spirit proceeds most intensely” (51).…

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