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Words of Advice to Faith-Inspired Activists

By Thomas Merton

The Big Results Are Not in Your Hands

Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect.

Words of Advice to Faith-Inspired Activists

By Thomas Merton

The Big Results Are Not in Your Hands

Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect.

A Prayer for Darkness

By Kenji Kuramitsu

Originally published June 3, 2020

A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer, from which this prayer is taken, is now available electronically!

Wij Zijn Hier/We Are Here

By Katelyn Durst

Originally published August 15, 2019

We are here
and you’d like to forget it,
have us more hidden
then our black faces
and tired, old eyes.

Saving Bathsheba

By Rachel Marie Stone
“How much responsibility did Bathsheba have in that affair? After all, she was bathing where David could see her!” I have heard this line, and others like it, many times in the course of my evangelical upbringing

The Epiphany of What We Really Want

By Tim Otto
Christmas celebrates the richest person who ever lived giving up everything just to be with us. And we celebrate his coming by buying and more buying, and yearning, yearning for more.

On Break-Ins and Broken Hearts: An Advent Reflection

By Kristyn Komarnicki

Originally published December 21, 2018

 

We love movies about clever heists, where high-tech and highly organized thieves outwit security systems and break into “uncrackable” safes. We thrill to scenes of Cary Grant scaling rooftops in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, warming to the lovable cat burglar’s idiosyncratic character.

How Advent Points to Liberation

By Rohadi Nagassar

Advent is countercultural to the typical pageantry of many contemporary church routines that crescendo into Christmas Day. Instead of skipping directly to stories of Jesus’ birth, Advent holds our attention to the way Jesus intercedes in the history of humanity and ushers in new possibilities of light overcoming all darkness—not merely a spiritual darkness, either; rather, a tangible material liberation from all powers that marginalize.

Just One Suitcase

By Lisa Rodriguez-Watson
“It must have been so difficult to leave her life, her friends, her family and have only one suitcase to take with her,” I remarked to my abuela as we talked about her sister, Raquel, who had recently defected from Cuba to the United States while on a government trip.