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One Foot In Front of the Other: Needing Community

Posted by Sheila Stewart on May 23, 2011, 11:47 am
As I write this, I have been reading live updates about a tornado that has destroyed much of Joplin, Missouri. People are looking for friends and family, putting out requests for anyone who might know something. Others are offering clothes and medical supplies. Some have found children, separated from their parents, and are trying to find their families... Read More.

The Divine Victor: An Excerpt from Water from an Ancient Well

Posted by Ellyn Sanna on April 22, 2011, 10:34 am
The comments in yesterday’s blog remind me of a chapter in a book we’re currently working on here at Anamchara Books. Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality to Refresh Your Life by Kenneth McIntosh will be ready for sale by late spring/early summer. In this selection from the book, Ken discusses the ancient Celtic understanding of the crucifixion.

The Hero of the Rood
A symbol joins what is separated. This is truly what the cross does, for it symbolizes the place where God and humanity were joined together. It is literally the crux of human history, the spot where Earth and Heaven intersected in the physical world. The Apostle Paul wrote that at the cross “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ” (2 Corinthian 5:19)... Read More.

One Foot in Front of the Other: Metaphor and the Crucifixion

Posted by Sheila Stewart on April 21, 2011, 10:35 am
This is Holy Week. During this week, Christians everywhere focus on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, leading up to his death on the cross. And then culminating in the joyous celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

I must admit that I don’t understand the crucifixion at all. My younger self would be shocked that I say that, because it seemed perfectly obvious when I was younger: Christ died for our sins... Read More.

Prayer for the Week: Open to Your Grace

Posted by Anamchara Books on April 20, 2011, 10:12 am
Lord, I am happy this morning.
Birds and angels sing, and I am exultant.
The universe and my heart are open to your grace.
I feel my body and give thanks.
Ghana prayer Read More.

Prayer of the Week: A Prayer from God to Us

Posted by Anamchara Books on April 12, 2011, 4:33 pm
Don't struggle and strive so, my child.
There is no race to complete, no point to prove, no obstacle to conquer for you to win my love.
I have already given it to you.
I loved you before creation drew its first breath.
I dreamed you as I molded Adam from the mud.
I saw you wet from the womb... Read More.

One Foot in Front of the Other: Searching for Purpose

Posted by Sheila Stewart on March 31, 2011, 1:07 pm
Sometimes I have bad days. To be honest, sometimes I have very bad days. That’s just the way it is. During those bad days, I too often lose my sense of meaning. I tend to feel like I don’t have a point, like I have no purpose. There aren’t any easy answers for that feeling, of course. People have been struggling with that feeling for as long as they’ve been thinking about the world... Read More.

Prayer for the Week: Descend from Your Head into Your Heart

Posted by Anamchara Books on March 28, 2011, 12:46 pm
You must descend from
your head into your heart.
At present your thoughts of God
are in your head. And God Himself is,
as it were, outside you, and so your prayer
and other spiritual exercises
remain exterior. While you are still
in your head, thought will not easily
be subdued but will always be
whirling about, like snow in winter or
clouds of mosquitoes in summer... Read More.

Thoughts from a Divinity Student: Sexuality and the Catholic Church, Part 3

Posted by Anamchara Books on March 25, 2011, 12:25 pm
Emily Sanna is a graduate student at Yale Divinity School.

So is there any hope of developing a more liberal, affirming, Catholic sexual ethic? I’m not sure. I found much of the Catholic writings on sexuality to be powerful and convincing—the idea of the body as sacramental, the implications of an unselfish sexuality, and the possible connections to social justice are motifs that speak to me... Read More.

Prayer for the Week: Christ's Body

Posted by Anamchara Books on March 24, 2011, 1:52 pm
Christ’s Body
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ’s compassion looks out at the world.
Yours are the feet with which he goes about doing good.
Yours are the hand with which he now blesses others... Read More.

Thoughts from a Divinity Student: Sexuality and the Catholic Church, Part 2

Posted by Anamchara Books on March 21, 2011, 1:36 pm
Emily Sanna is a graduate student at Yale Divinity School.

The Catholic Church sees sexuality as existing to deepen relationships with others (even if that’s limited to your heterosexual spouse), and so sexuality becomes defined by its self-sacrificing nature. Sex is not for yourself, and therefore it is not simply about self-pleasure... Read More.

Thought for the Day: The Difference Between Faith and Theology

Posted by Ellyn Sanna on March 17, 2011, 10:14 am
"Faith is different from theology because theology is reasoned, systematic, and orderly, whereas faith is disorderly, intermittent, and full of surprises.... Faith is homesickness. Faith is a lump in the throat. Faith is less a position on than a movement toward, less a sure thing than a hunch. Faith is waiting... Read More.

The Question of Sin and Belief: Thoughts from Pelagius

Posted by Ellyn Sanna on March 15, 2011, 11:11 am
Ellyn Sanna is the Executive Editor at Anamchara Books.

I grew up in an Evangelical church where we heard a lot about sin. We sang songs like, "My heart was black with sin, until the Savior came in,” and “Come, every soul by sin oppressed." Clearly, sin was my natural state, a congenital disease I could not escape... Read More.

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