Posts tagged "Holy Week"

D.G. Myers on the Art of Dying

A powerful (and very Holy Week-appropriate) reflection on death came from literary critic D.G. Myers, who faces his own mortality in the throes of prostate cancer. This was originally uncovered by our friends over at The Dish.

tumblr_kvtcvdVG4q1qzkyblo1_500Dying is the problem, not death. As an Orthodox Jew, I believe with perfect faith in the resurrection of the dead, but until that happens, death is the termination of consciousness. No peeking back into life. I won’t get to keep a scorecard of who is crying at my funeral, who is dry-eyed, who never bothered to show up. If I want someone to cry at my funeral, I need to patch things up with him before the last weak images flicker out.

In the past few weeks I have been approaching ex-friends whom I have damaged to ask their forgiveness. I’ve been behaving, in short, as if dying were a twelve-step program. Step 8: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” Step 9: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Not that I mind having enemies. One person whom I approached recently accused me of “basking in self-importance,” which is one possible way, I suppose, of describing the tireless knowledge that death is near. But there are other persons, including some with whom I have had very public fallings-out, whom I don’t want as enemies when I pass away. To die without accepting responsibility for the damage I have done to relationships that were once meaningful to me would be shameful and undeniably self-important.

What We Want/What We Get: Imagination and Holy Week

What We Want/What We Get: Imagination and Holy Week

The friendly overtures of a person whom we no longer love, overtures which strike us, in our indifference to her, as excessive, would perhaps have fallen a long way short of satisfying our love. Those tender speeches, that invitation or acceptance, we think only of the pleasure which they would have given us, and not of all those speeches and meetings by which we would have wished to see them immediately followed, which we should, as likely as not, simply by our avidity for them, have precluded from ever happening. So that we can never be certain that the good…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Seven Verse Forty Six

Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Seven Verse Forty Six

This Holy Week-inspired devotion comes from Jeff Hual.

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, NIV)

When these sorts of questions are asked, the asker is calling out from a deep place of hurt in the heart, not the head. Unfortunately, those of us who try to help answer such questions often make the mistake of trying to answer questions of suffering from the head rather than the heart.

My grandfather dying was my first experience with these sorts of questions. I was 22…

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The (A)Peal of Maundy Thursday

The (A)Peal of Maundy Thursday

If you are part of a church that is celebrating Holy Week, then chances are you will be going to a Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday service today. This is a service where there is a celebration of the institution of both the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, and the mandatum, or “new covenant.” This Latin word mandatum, the first in the Vulgate’s (the Latin New Testament) rendering of John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another,”–is the etymology of the name…

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The Beach Boys Keep Singing That Same Song

The Beach Boys Keep Singing That Same Song

A recent discovery from the bottomless well that is the original Wilson brothers, this video touches on many of the themes that we like to explore on this blog: strength in weakness, broken vessels, singing “that same song” (you know the one…) over and over, awesome rock n roll, sweet outfits, etc. They really say it all:

Gregorian chants were a real big thing!

Quick note for all you newcomers out there: Part of the inspiration behind our name comes from the peculiar behavior of the mimus polyglottus itself. As you probably know, the mockingbird gets its name from its ability to…

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Who Will Deliver Us – Now Available

Again, for the first time! It’ll be on amazon in a few weeks, but until then, you can purchase your copy here. Tell all your friends. A little piece of trivia: the original title was The Blood Of Christ In An Age Of Depression.

The Law, Cats and Identity Formation

The Law, Cats and Identity Formation

Question: “What is a man’s best friend?”Answer: “Dog.”

In a few years, this answer may no longer be the correct one. According to an article published in the New York Times earlier in October (click here to read), a growing number of men are bucking the stereotype and unabashedly forging alliances with cats. It looks like the man-dog connection has been an oppressive force limiting the full development of masculine identity. In addition, it has been a source of unnecessary bravado and machismo, a turn off to many women. Commenting on men who own cats,…

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