Posts tagged "Stanley Hauerwas"
325 Days of Lent: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

325 Days of Lent: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

In this cry of Jesus from the cross, his fourth of the final seven, we come to these despairing words that, paradoxically, have given people such comfort. In Cross Shattered Christ, his meditations on these last seven words, Stanley Hauerwas explains that we, the people who live in the aftermath of Auschwitz and the shadows of the Twin Towers, are those who, “most identify with “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”(Mt.27:46) We do so because we think we have some idea about what it means to be forsaken . . . Maybe God does understand…

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325 Days of Lent: "Woman, behold thy Son. . ."

325 Days of Lent: "Woman, behold thy Son. . ."

In his reflection on John 19:26—“Woman, behold thy Son”—the third word of Jesus from the cross, Stanley Hauerwas observes that “Dante called Mary, ‘Virgin Mother, daughter of thy Son.’” This, he asserts, “challenges any assumption that Jesus’s address to Mary from the cross is simply an example of a son’s solicitude for his mother’s welfare”(49). He goes on to point out that Jesus, throughout the Gospels, is portrayed as not exactly “family friendly” (at least in an blood relation sense–Mark 3:34-35, Luke 14:26). For Hauerwas, Mary’s importance lies in the existence of her faith, not her motherhood. Following Raniero…

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325 Days of Lent: "Jesus, remember me. . . "

325 Days of Lent: "Jesus, remember me. . . "

And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

These simple words of Jesus to the “good thief,” (St. Dismas in the Orthodox Church) are a perfect example of how the relative silence of the Gospels forces people to “fill in the blanks.” In this instance, we have Jesus, evidently, pronouncing salvation to this man who we know nothing about, save that he is being crucified. People have tried to blunt this picture of pure, unadulterated Grace by speculating that this man, were he to have lived, may have…

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325 Days of Lent: "Father Forgive Them. . . "

325 Days of Lent: "Father Forgive Them. . . "

In preparation for a Lenten series, I’ve been reading through Stanley Hauerwas’ Cross Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words, and I must say, despite my aversion to (so-called) “Christian Ethics,” this book is a perfect reading companion for anyone and everyone looking to spend Lent contemplating the deus absconditus–the hiddenness of God.

At the heart of Hauerwas’ reflections lies an idea to which we here at Mockingbird are very sympathetic; namely, the fact that we are the objects of God’s power and action in the world. According to Hauerwas, on account of the Cross, “Christians are forbidden from ever…

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