More Indulgences

In commemoration of a year devoted to St. Paul, the Vatican is offering special indulgences. “All Christian faithful – truly repentant, duly purified by the Sacrament of Penance and restored with Holy Communion – who undertake a pious visit in the form of a pilgrimage to the papal basilica of St. Paul on Rome’s Via…

A Graduation Prayer

I was at a graduation at Rice University yesterday; I had the privilege of giving the invocation and benediction. It was the typically grand occasion, with pomp and circumstance, the dean and faculty in academic regalia, speeches and tributes, students cheering a friend, family members taking photos. But there was only one graduate. My friend…

The Emerging Church

Terry Mattingly is having a hard time defining “emerging church.” I wonder, is Brian McLaren really “the key figure”? He links to a Washington Post interview. It seems to me McLaren is just another liberal–and I find it interesting that in responding to the question of whether he is one, he speaks only in political…