December 31, 2015
The same holds true for becoming a parent. Very few people are “ready” to become parents. They become ready . . . once they become parents. In fact, the same holds true for any difficult job. What new lawyer was “ready” to take on his or her first clients? What new teacher, policeman, firefighter is “ready”?
August 30, 2015
“It’s impolite to take you out of the running as a mate just for that—so I won’t—but if we were animals in the wild, I might.”
From our bishops’ statement on the Supreme Court ruling this week:
We call our people to a season of prayer for marriage and offer the accompanying Litany and Prayer to guide us.
Unanimously adopted by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America.
June 26, 2015
Via Wintery Knight (whence title above), a great short piece at the Federalist by Heather Barwick: “Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting”
Do you remember that book, “Heather Has Two Mommies”? That was my life. My mom, her partner, and I lived in a cozy little house in the ‘burbs of a very liberal and open-minded area. Her partner treated me as if I was her own daughter. . . .
December 2, 2013
They say you shouldn’t talk about politics and religion, but I had occasion to go to two Thanksgiving dinners last week, and at both I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk about politics and religion, if not with the whole party, then at least with a couple of the people there. It went, as far as I am aware, very well: Neither they nor I became unpleasant or unkind at any point; no one raised his voice or started interrupting or talking over anyone. They were, in fact, perfectly enjoyable conversations, even though (if it doesn’t go without saying) we disagreed on the substantive underlying issues (I was talking with an atheist, a liberal, a Muslim, etc., about health care, etc.).
February 3, 2013
- “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
- The hardest people to evangelize to are those who have been hurt by the church. (It also may get harder as time goes on, as the wound festers and becomes even worse in the remembering.) We have the power, through our actions, to drive people away from the church and God. That’s terrifying.