We all know, of course, that Martin Luther King, Jr., did not go it alone. The day named after him really commemorates a host of people of whom we barely hear. Real off some of the famous names: Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Bayard Rustin (the March on Washington’s organizer). And then […]
January 12, 2017
I’ve shouted a question to the wind: “What would GOP senators say if a Democratic president-elect cozied-up to a former KGB agent and Russian dictator?” Several actually display concern, especially Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. And throw in Marco Rubio. The Florida senator shined bright in a confirmation hearing […]
January 11, 2017
I felt pathos on January 10. Our nation heard eloquence and saw class, dignity, and poise bundled in a farewell speech. I’m already nostalgic in the face of a creepy future filled with belligerent tweet storms from a philandering, dictator-friendly, fact-denying president with microscopically thin skin. Hear the cracks of arctic and Antarctic ice amid […]
January 9, 2017
Why would a Bible-thumping holy roller like me mourn the loss of left-wing, self-described “Jewish atheist” Nat Hentoff, the Village Voice columnist and author who died recently at 91? Maybe it’s because he loved jazz. Maybe it’s because the Bible favors the poor and “the least of these.” Maybe it’s because he slammed all group […]
January 6, 2017
“The Journey of the Magi” (1894) by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French painter and illustrator, 1836-1902), oil on canvas. I’m an artist at self-accusation and remorse. Accuse me of anything – lust, greed, pride, gluttony, laziness, work a-holism, launching the Vietnam War, bombing Pearl Harbor – and I’ll plead sweat-riddled guilt. It seems this day […]
January 4, 2017
It seems we live in a society “stripped of grace,” as Miroslav Volf noted in 2004. Callousness is a strength; compassion is a weakness; we all stand or fall as isolated individuals, at war with an untrustworthy and hostile society. Welcome to the moral and spiritual dystopia. Such a vision turns a blind eye to […]
December 9, 2016
It’s Advent, the first season on Christianity’s calendar, traditionally a period of prayer, fasting, and meditation with an eye on Christ’s second coming, or Advent. Among other things, we can ponder the nature of Christ, who — quite literally — showed us God’s face.
Gregory of Nazianzus, one of the three fourth-century venerated Cappadocian Fathers and Archbishop of Constantinople, pondered Christ’s nature in this meditation. I’ve taken it to heart.
November 20, 2016
Maybe historians will mark 2016 as surrealism’s takeover year. Nightmares broke into real life and roamed the streets. Think of it: Americans supposedly handed the twittering Donald Trump a “mandate,” which allowed him to tap an attorney general designate with a dubious track record on race relations to enforce our civil rights laws, among other […]