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 […]

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I was so excited about Housekeeping that I suggested, or rather insisted, my 11 year old read it. She read about four pages and said it was too confusing. I could not let it end there as I felt this was a book she would like. “Why is it too confusing?” I asked.  She said […]

Where Poetry Ends and Prayer Begins, Christian Wiman’s _My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer_

In short, My Bright Abyss is structured loosely as short prose entries, which include Wiman’s poetry and the poetry of other poets, and his life experiences nested together as expressions of his thoughts on religion.

The Case For GOD by Karen Armstrong

When you select Karen Armstrong’s book, The Case for GOD, from the bookshelf, you might think it will render a definitive opinion about God, most likely positive since it is “for GOD,” and, most important, it will make you feel better because you might assume in the end that Karen Armstrong is going to tell […]

MY MOON SELF: a spiritual memoir through poetry by Philomena Moriarty

As I flipped through the pages of My Moon Self I glimpsed traces of my own spiritual journey, beginning with Catholicism and leading straight to Buddhism.  Although I decided to return to Catholicism, the author, Philomena Moriarty, clearly did not make any returns to one or the other, but rather works with poetry as a […]