Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible takes its readers to the Congo/Zaire with its main characters, Nathan and Orleanna Price and their four daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May. The Price's are Southern Baptist missionaries from Georgia, who set out in 1959 to enlighten the Congolese by bringing them Jesus. When they arrive to the little village,… Continue reading Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

The Prophets, published in Germany in 1936, was Abraham Heschel’s dissertation. Heschel had the good fortune to live.  We have the good fortune that he did live.  At the end of his career he revised his dissertation, coming full circle to give us perhaps a more expanded view of The Prophets. While The Prophets still… Continue reading Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

Part II: Simone Weil on School Studies in_Waiting for God_ (The Essays)

In the second half of Simone Weil's, Waiting for God, there are several extensive essays on the love of God. While the first essay on school studies might seem out of place; it is in keeping with her main focus, but approached from the point of view of our love for God, rather than God's… Continue reading Part II: Simone Weil on School Studies in_Waiting for God_ (The Essays)

Part I: The Way of Simone Weil: _Waiting For God_(The Letters)

This Easter I was praying at home -- typically I would be traveling back and forth to church during the Triduum, starting with the foot washing on Holy Thursday and ending with the Saturday vigil. I would be singing, sitting still, looking around to see who I knew and trying to maintain a sense of… Continue reading Part I: The Way of Simone Weil: _Waiting For God_(The Letters)