2010-03-26

Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2010

Teaching Wood to Burn

Ricked splits of maple, alder, fir— cross-stacked against damp— wait so long, a blue mold rinds the wood, shed of its bark and soaked through.   Once in the...

Men’s feet; Johnson, Tracy & Mujica

MISSING MYSTICISM While I am deeply grateful for the outstanding work of Luke Timothy Johnson over the years and am therefore extremely reticent to criticize...

Long Lost

I recently reconnected with a good friend I had lost touch with. It had been more than fifteen years since we had seen each other, but as is so often the case with...

Romero Remembered

Thirty years ago, on March 24, 1980, a marksman shot and killed Archbishop Oscar Romero as he said Mass in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in San Salvador. As...

Distinctively Catholic

In the twenty years since Pope John Paul II issued Ex corde ecclesiae (“From the Heart of the Church”), his apostolic constitution on Catholic universities,...

lent: the temptations

hunger now wraps the Flesh like a shroud of dusty gauze       command these stones          ...

A Gamble

Even as he battles economic woes at home and security threats abroad, President Barack Obama is advancing a bold strategy for improving the nation’s schools. His...

It Takes a Village

Has there ever been an acclaimed director as inhospitable to his viewers’ well-being as Michael Haneke? For a quarter-century, the Austrian auteur has been mining a...

Misfire

A review of Martin McDonagh's play 'A Behanding in Spokane.'

The Old College Try

In a New York Times article titled “Making College ‘Relevant’” (December 29, 2009), Kate Zernike reported on the various responses of academic institutions to...

Beyond the Catacomb

There is a prophetic quality to much of the work of Alasdair MacIntyre, a quality present in his new book, God, Philosophy, Universities. MacIntyre traces the...

Stranger in a Strange Land

More than a decade ago, Fr. James Tunstead Burtchaell’s The Dying of the Light: The Disengagement of College and Universities from Their Christian Churches created...