Fidelity: To abide, to belong

“…what fidelity is meant to protect is the possibility of moments when what we have chosen and what we desire are the same.” -Wendell Berry, The Body and The Earth June seems an optimal time to talk about fidelity. It … more »

Posted in Essays | Tagged | 1 Comment

A School for Inner City Shalom

Bentley Craft drives forty minutes to work in a Mercedes station wagon, listening to NPR or humming along to sacred medieval music. His tortoise shell glasses match his brown goatee, and he always wears a bow tie. He never owned … more »

Posted in Essays | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Myth of Balance

Several months ago I was invited to lead a breakout seminar at a conference on calling and the common good, offering some reflections about what it looks like to take up calling across all of life, but especially with a … more »

Posted in Articles, Essays | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Reading and Resurrection

Poland, 1984. “Christ is risen!” As the cry went out, the crowd of mostly Catholic trade unionists shouted back with confidence “He is risen indeed!” Not unusual for a resurrection service, the cadence of the call and response echoing centuries … more »

Posted in Articles, Essays | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Most Difficult Task

Now that I’ve met you / would you object to / never seeing each other again / cause I can’t afford to / climb aboard you / no one’s got that much ego to spend –Aimee Mann, “Magnolia” There are … more »

Posted in Essays | Tagged | 1 Comment

Gifts and Griefs

All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have their common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes. -Cormac McCarthy, The Road And this will be a sign for you: you will … more »

Posted in Articles, Essays, TWI Staff | Tagged | 8 Comments

The Fabric of Faithfulness: Practices of a Sustained Faith

As fall falls upon us, for those who follow football there is daily speculation about the Heisman Trophy winner for 2012. Who will it be? A long favorite from Kansas State or Notre Dame, or perhaps an upstart freshman from … more »

Posted in Articles, Essays | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Picking What We Pick: On Sigrid Undset and More

Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that she had been allowed to follow her will to the road’s end.              … more »

Posted in Articles, Essays | 10 Comments

Place and the Faithful Life

The call to be a good neighbor exists as a central part of Christian vocation. A simple observation is that the form of our neighborliness is influenced by the form of our neighborhood. Different cities, communities, and geographies provide particular … more »

Posted in Articles, Essays, TWI Staff | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Living Faithfully in the Industrial Town

This essay originally appeared in Comment Magazine, the opinion journal of Cardus: Reprinted with permission. Our task is not only to see the industrial town as it “is,” in all its brokenness and fragmentation, but also to see it as it “could … more »

Posted in Articles, Essays, Guest Authors | Tagged , , | Leave a comment