Simone Weil on Affliction and the Chasm in God

I will never forget the moment I was introduced to the writings of Simone Weil a few years ago. It was as if all of the  questions I had ever asked about the nature of God, suffering, beauty, and good and evil had collided into one stream of thought. Simone Weil was a philosopher, political activist, and mystic…

Life, death, and the love of control: Eric Fromm

(Painting by Tiffany Roark, ThoughtsinPaint) The following is an excerpt from Eric Fromm’s The Heart of Man (New York, 1966), p.41. While life is characterized by growth in a structured, functional manner, the necrophilous person loves all that does not grow, all that is mechanical. The necrophilous person is driven by the desire to transform the organic…

A Cosmic Revolution: The Jubilee Explosion

6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they…

“Why Do the Members of Christ Tear One Another?” By Dorothy Day

As we prepare this week to celebrate World Communion Sunday, our text this week (Matthew 21:33-46) reminds us that the world is not as it should be. As news from Hong Kong, Syria, and other places continue to remind us, indeed, we are a world filled with people still fighting for their voices to be heard….