“Misa Campesina”

From Songs from the Batahola Cultural Center in Nicaragua, quoted in Walter Wink, The Human Being (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2002), p. 273. You are the God of the poor, the human and simple God, the God who sweats in the street, the God with the weather-beaten face. That’s why I can talk to you the…

Hospitality: the challenge and the promise of Christmas

It is a fond and familiar thing among mothers to tell birth stories. Sometimes, the stories are peaceful, beautiful, and astonishing. They can be quite disturbing. Often enough, they sound like the war stories. So many babies are “almost” born in the back of a car, in an elevator, in a boiler room, somewhere between the toilet…

Different models of faithful living. Same Gospel.

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “‘We played the pipe for you,     and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,     and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man…