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On Response and Responsibility

“I am coming to see that it is not so much a question of finding the right place, the right time, the ideal marriage. Neither life nor happiness hinges upon such things. It is wholly within. It is response to … more »

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How Long Must We Sing This Song?

“O God, I would bring before Thee tonight the burden of the world’s life….”* I have spent much of life walking into the rooms of the world, asked to speak into the questions of the human heart. Who are we? … more »

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The Tech-Wise Option

Two of the most talked about books of 2017, though going about it in very different ways, are both asking the same question: How do we experience Life-to-the-Full? more »

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Not a Typical Love Affair

“Do you read Camus?” I love film, but it is hard to find films that I want to watch. Even with almost boundless choices, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime and more— including the local theaters —I can look and look, and … more »

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On “Silence” and More

“But did he hear their screams?” My wife Meg is named after two martyrs who lost their lives during the horrible “killing times” of Scotland in the 17th-century. Two Margarets, one an older woman and the other a girl, were … more »

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Gary Black on Why “Silence” Matters at Christmas

Now, but not yet. Everyone everywhere, sons of Adam and daughters of Eve that we are, sees the same world, and tries to make sense. We don’t have to be philosophers to do that; in fact sometimes philosophers miss it … more »

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A Christmas Eve Meditation

To be implicated, for love’s sake, in the way the world turns out… a Christmas Eve meditation. Watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” this week, one more year laughing and crying with George Bailey and his family and friends in Bedford … more »

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Seeing Seamlessly

“So he had lived in childhood and adolescence in the same country rectory, taking part each Sunday in a familiar liturgy which reflected, interpreted and sanctified the changing seasons of the farming year.” Reading one more novel of P.D. James, … more »

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Making Culture Matters

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” sounds just about as good as it gets— and not surprisingly, the play is born of the genius of Steve Martin. Once upon a time we saw it performed at the Ford’s Theater here in … more »

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Mission on Gen. 11: Foot of Pride

It’s like the earth just opened and swallowed him up He reached too high, was thrown back to the ground… Well there ain’t no going back when your foot of pride comes down Ain’t no going back. — Bob Dylan, “Foot … more »

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