My Writings. My Thoughts.
I confess, though I do not repent, that my study of, interest in, and presentation of saints is somewhat academic. Book knowledge holds great power for me. I’m affected by it. There is also the fact that I could not have known Joe Strummer or Dorothy Day, much less Teresa, Francis, Sergius, or Bacchus. So […]
Perhaps Teresa of Avila was destined to be a saint. Her grandfather, Juanito de Hernandez, was a converso, a Jew who had converted to Christianity. Conversos were always held in suspicion by a Spanish Catholic Church concerned with proper doctrine and busily developing notions of race to export to the New World. It was thought […]
It has been wonderful the last few weeks watching court decisions roll in, toppling the state dominoes of bigotry. Marriage equality is now the law of the land in 30 states, which accounts for 60% of the population of the U.S. It’s a beautiful time for all who care about justice. Even more for those […]
This week, we honor St. Joe Strummer, the guitarist and lyricist for seminal punk bands, the 101ers and the Clash. His later career with the Mescaleros was equally rich. Perhaps this is a selfish choice. Paul and I are just huge fans. We never miss an opportunity to include one of Joe’s songs in our […]
As we are quickly hurtling toward All Saints Day, it is time for the 2nd annual Church in the Cliff canonization of saints. Each year, we select a few people who exemplify something that we understand about ourselves as a church. Like the Catholic Church, our saints must be dead and must have performed miracles. […]