Life is Grace

discoveries of grace in my messy and imperfect, but blessed, life

When people ask me why I’m studying theology, I usually just explain, “Well, I want to work as a chaplain, preferably in hospice.” Sometimes I just get a strange look, more often I get the look along with an “…oh, okay…” Occasionally a brave person will speak up and ask me what a chaplain actually …

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Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:
Opinion by the Rev. James Martin, Special to CNN (CNN) — Here at America magazine, we’ve been anticipating the exclusive interview with Pope Francis for Jesuit journals worldwide for weeks. We’ve lived with the 12,000-word article we’ve titled “A Big Heart Open to God,” and, in a sense, with the pope…

It has been all over the internet–and my theological journals too–recently, that a large percentage of so-called Millennialsdon’t identify with any religion at all, and the new classification assigned by pollsters is “none.”  This makes me, a Gen-Xer, very curious. I have to admit that as a “Cradle Catholic” and product of Catholic schools the …

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I am so incredibly, amazingly, crabby at the moment. I overdid it with my physical therapy exercises yesterday and am paying the price today. I also, I admit, was (to my surprise) completely emotionally overwhelmed yesterday by the election of Pope Francis. Pope Francis. But I am experiencing a tough letdown today after my elation …

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The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World, Monika K. Hellwig Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, Paula Fredriksen The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine Fortress Introduction to The Gospels, Mark Allan Powell Social Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels, Bruce J. Malina and Richard Rohrbach …

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