By Debie Thomas

NOTE: This essay looks at the Old Testament reading. For a reflection on this week’s Gospel, see “Let Me See Again,” from the JwJ archives.

What are we supposed to do with the ending of the book of Job? God speaks, the long-suffering Job repents, God doubles…

By Brad Keister

David Epstein, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (New York: Riverhead Books, 2019), 352pp.

A review by Brad Keister, former Deputy Division Director of the Physics Division for the National Science Foundation. …

Selected by Debie Thomas

Ellen Bass

God’s Grief

Great parent
who must have started out
with such high hopes.
What magnitude of suffering,
the immensity of guilt,
the staggering despair.
A mind the size of the sun,
burning with longing,
a heart huge as a gray whale
breaching, streaming
seawater against the pale sky.
Man god or beast god,
god that breathes…

By Dan Clendenin

What Really Matters at the End of Life (2015)

This 17-minute TED Talk would make an excellent selection for an adult education forum. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician who works at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, where he has thought long…

By Dan Clendenin

Bill Wylie-Kellermann, Celebrant’s Flame: Daniel Berrigan in Memory and Reflection (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2021), 188pp.

In this collection of essays and reflections, Bill Wylie-Kellermann remembers the Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan (1921–2016) from twelve different but related aspects of his vocation: biography, teacher, brother to Phil Berrigan, priest…

Selected by Dan Clendenin

Georgetown Poems (5)
Daniel Berrigan

The suburbs are sad as death
the university slumps on its arse
money dreaming of money.
Washington DC, a whitewashed sepulchre
awaits the diggers of history
side by side, tombs, slums, imperial empathy.

Amid all this
the transfixed tourists
the international pimps
the wheelers and dealers
rolling along like chariot wheels of fate
the faces like faces on dollars —

amid all this
did one original mind
cry out a gospel verse

panic in the streets!
tumbling whirlwinds!
the unbearable halo
of resurrected Christ!

From Daniel Berrigan, And the Risen Bread; Selected Poems, 1957–1997 (1998).

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By Dan Clendenin

Seeking Shelter: A Story of Place, Faith, and Resistance (2017)

I discovered this little gem of a film (30 minutes) in Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s book Celebrant’s Flame (2021) about Daniel Berrigan. The movie tells the story of Block Island (part of Rhode Island), which is a one-hour ferry…

By Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick is a parishioner at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, CA. After growing up in the rural northwest, he served over five years in the U. S. Army as a Chaplain’s Assistant, including two deployments to Iraq. After completing his military service, Michael has…

By Dan Clendenin

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (born 1989) is an Ecuadorian-American writer who has channeled her own experiences as an undocumented immigrant into her bestseller memoir The Undocumented Americans (New York: One World, 2020), which was shortlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and on just about everyone’s “best…

By Debie Thomas

There’s a well-known prayer written by Thomas Merton that I have come to cherish. It goes like this:

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really…

Dan Clendenin

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