You “just want attention,” Part 2

Because of my observation that the Church seems to be complicit in the silence surrounding mental illness and perpetuating the negativity associated with needing attention, I did a research paper on Psalm 88.  This psalm is the only one in the Psalter […]

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You “just want attention,” Part 1

I’m worried we’ve created a culture where attention-getting behaviors are seen as immature and are thus to be ignored, or even diagnosed as illnesses where “tacit ignoring” is prescribed as a “behavioral management strategy.”  Whenever someone is acting out, the response “oh, […]

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“What can I do to help?” Part 2

So what is it Bartimaeus asks for?  He changes his monniker for Jesus – from “Son of David” to “Teacher” –  and says, “Let me see again.”  So this is not a man blind from birth.  Bartimaeus came to Jesus and regained his sight. […]

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“What can I do to help?”, Part 1

The cliff notes version of my story of conversion to Christ begins with learning that God is Healer.  I grew up being dragged to church – I wouldn’t say I was “raised in the church” – but I couldn’t fully enter into […]

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“It’s just semantics.”

Speaking of phrases I don’t like, this one tops my list.  Recently, I had an interaction on Facebook where I posted my thoughts about language – particularly my annoyance at gender-exclusive language (using “he” and “man” for a generic person, and “mankind” […]

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“Is there more?”

One of the phrases I’ve come to really appreciate is “is there more?”  This goes beyond the “how was your day” type questions and, when placed well in a conversation, can really show the other that you want to see them and […]

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“It’s what’s inside that counts,” Part 2

The divorce of the material from the spiritual has had two opposite effects.   One, the material/physical world is denigrated in favor of the spiritual, demoted to a status of “necessary evil” one looks forward to sloughing off in death.  The body, […]

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“It’s what’s inside that counts,” Part 1

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the phrases I hear and perhaps have even said.  It could just be because that’s where my attention is lately, but they seem to be all over the place.  The other day, when I was […]

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“God is Dead,” Part 2: A Response to “An Unbelieving Age”

Thankfully, postmodernism has done away with all that modernity nonsense.  Not only is modernity dead, but so is God, and postmodernism, apparently, is the one who killed God.  “Postmodernism,” Eagleton writes in his article  An Unbelieving Age, “may be the first age of […]

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“God Is Dead,” Part 1: A Response to “The Intellectual Snobbery of Conspicuous Atheism”

Normally, I take Mondays to reflect on Sunday evening’s homily.  Last night’s was one to let simmer for a bit, though, plus, intriguingly, atheism seems to be coming up in my circles lately.  Christian friends have been sending my articles asking for […]

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