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    Theorizing, Grieving, and Feeling Scared: Grappling with Modern Discourses on Suicide

    Theorizing, Grieving, and Feeling Scared: Grappling with Modern Discourses on Suicide

    Very grateful for this piece by Sarah Gates.  Almost five years ago, my father died from suicide. The violence of his death, and the suffering that preceded it, marked the tearing of a temple curtain in my life. Since then, I’ve found myself in positions I never imagined that I’d be in—traumatized by certain violent […]

    Not What We Seem: Christian Oxymorons and Imposters in Church

    Not What We Seem: Christian Oxymorons and Imposters in Church

    The following reflection was written by the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase. “We are treated as imposters, and yet are true.” – 2 Corinthians 6:8 The above sentence seems oxymoronic at first glance. St. Paul says that he and his companions are “treated as imposters, and yet are true.” St. Paul was speaking to a divided […]

    Heavenly Bodies: Irreverence, Faith, and Art

    Heavenly Bodies: Irreverence, Faith, and Art

    This one was written by Sarabeth Weszely. There’s been a bit of a buzz, at least around New York City, about the recent Met Gala and its corresponding exhibit, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” “Heavenly Bodies” is the largest Costume Institute exhibition yet, split between three separate exhibits in the Met and Met […]

    The Real Battle Lines in The Incredibles 2

    The Real Battle Lines in The Incredibles 2

    This one was written by Jeremiah Lawson. Spoilers ahead! Brad Bird’s films may be some of the most misunderstood animated films released under the name of Disney/Pixar, thanks to film critics who, over against any of Bird’s own public statements, insist that he embraces and endorses an Ayn-Rand-style objectivism. There have been inevitable attempts to […]

    Turn with Me to The Book of Ryan

    Turn with Me to The Book of Ryan

    This one was written by Blake Nail. The people of the Bible are often described as heroes. We see this in secular culture, where the characters of the “good” book are often mocked for “goody good” morals and ideals, which they supposedly manifest. We see this even in our churches. (At least from my limited experience […]

    Comma, Grace

    Comma, Grace

    A wonderful, grammatical reflection, by Andrew Taylor-Troutman: I was taking a mid-afternoon break at my favorite coffee shop. The brew was dark, organic, and fair trade; the scone, buttery and soft with little treasures of cranberries buried beneath the surface; and the people-watching, exquisite. Take the guy with the cryptic tattoo on the back of […]

    Sharing Hospital Joy and Misery

    Sharing Hospital Joy and Misery

    This one comes to us from Bryant Trinh. I often find myself in the humor and satire section of The New Yorker. I absolutely love a good laugh and am usually labelled as the troll in one of my circles of friends. However, as I was perusing, I ran across a piece that was delivered […]

    The Role of Art (Or, the Limitations of Self-Help) in Life and Work

    The Role of Art (Or, the Limitations of Self-Help) in Life and Work

    This one comes to us from Mark Casper. Recently I came across an article in The New Yorker that nearly bowled me over. It’s called Improving Ourselves to Death by Alexandra Schwartz, and it thoroughly outlines the negative consequences of living in a “self-improvement culture.” You may remember the post that appeared on Mockingbird earlier this year about […]

    On Deserts: What Sexual Assault, Star Wars, and Salvation Have in Common

    On Deserts: What Sexual Assault, Star Wars, and Salvation Have in Common

    We’re very grateful to share this powerful piece by C. Marcus Odden.

    Editor’s note: the following recounts a story of child abuse and should be read with discretion.

    Alone Together In Our Third Places

    Alone Together In Our Third Places

    The following was written by Rachel Gaffin. It’s 9 o’clock on a Tuesday night. Breezy pop-punk spills out of the speaker system of the coffee shop I share with thirteen other people. All but two sit in front of laptops; most are plugged into headphones. The man across from me reads a purple tome titled […]

    Robert Capon to the Rescue of the Royal Wedding

    Robert Capon to the Rescue of the Royal Wedding

    This one was written by journalist and friend Anna-Liza Kozma. I spent the other week working on and off on the royal wedding. I wasn’t frosting lemon and elderflower cake or plucking lilies at dawn. Or getting fitted for a fascinator. Instead, I talked to people like the feminist historian Rosalind Miles about what she […]

    The Weight of Silence

    The Weight of Silence

    This review of A Quiet Place comes to us from Sam Guthrie. How do you survive in a world where you’re being hunted by blind monsters that possess a keen sense of hearing? According to the box office hit, A Quiet Place, you plan really well. You prepare, train, and pray that your children don’t make […]