A beautiful face is perhaps the only place where true silence is to be found. - Giorgio Agamben, “Image and Silence" [i] Ava, my little love. What do I see when I look at you? I see me; I see your mother---I see you. In you I see the amazing convergence of past love. You carry the … Continue reading A Reflection for Ava
Within the word we find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed---even in part---the other immediately suffers. There is no true word that is not at the same time a praxis. Thus, to speak a true word is to transform the world.[i] Paulo Freire What are true words? … Continue reading True Words
The only image of God is the face of our neighbor, who is also the sibling of God's First-Born, of God's own likeness (2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15). Our human neighbor now becomes a "sacrament" of God's hidden presence among us, a mediator between God and humanity. Every authentic religious act is directed toward the … Continue reading The Only Question about God that Matters
For us to try to go back to tell black people in the community that justice is blind, they'll say, 'you're right. It is so blind that they can't see us. It is so blind to whenever something happens to one of us, we get the max if we don't get killed first.' And so, … Continue reading Justice is Blind
Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. Luke 23:53-54 (ESV) In this world suffering and disease are indeed 'normal,' but their very … Continue reading What Follows Saturday?