Saints? Maybe (part 1)

A few weeks ago Pope Frances canonized two pontifical predecessors, Paul XXIII and John-Paul II.  The whole process of making saints is a fascinating subject that many Christians have long had a strong aversion, almost an allergic reaction, to any notion of saints.  That response is rooted in the real allergens of saint abuses.  The… Continue reading Saints? Maybe (part 1)

Forty lentings for the season of the cross

I just learned a new word that a few friends have freshly minted: lenting.  It’s the verbal form of Lent, meaning "giving something up for Lent."  As in, “I’d love to hang out with you at the pub but I’m lenting alcohol.” Giving something up for Lent (what my friends call “lenting”) is a common… Continue reading Forty lentings for the season of the cross