vol. 8, num. 16 :: 2009.07.31 — 2009.09.03
“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,” goes the Sunday school song. Many who grew up in the Church wonder whether they really learned the reality of that song, or just a tune with accompanying words and gestures. How does one “get the joy”—or get it back when it’s been lost?
Sifting through St. Paul's letter to the Philippians in an effort to discover what it means to "rejoice in the Lord always."
A difficult summer prompts reflections on the problem of joy.
On witnessing a legacy of friendship, sorrow and laughter.
What can we do when we discover our joy has been stolen from us?
Joy tends to overflow to the point of sharing -- and yet sometimes it doesn't.
A mother reflects on her children's faith journeys and the complexities of joy for Christian parents.
Reflections on experiences and lessons in joy, looking back on a life in the midst of death.
A daughter considers the legacy of her name in light of an encounter.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about joy.
Summer vacations past provoke reflection on a love-hate relationship with ‘perfect’ places.
A Louisiana native provides a closer look at Mardi Gras, a traditional time of celebration before Lent.
An interview with Abbott Thomas Jamison, author of the book Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life.
I believe that, to some degree, an offending strangeness might be the surest means to seeing, hearing, and receiving a redeeming witness — a witness at work, for instance, in what Karl Barth refers to as the strange new world of the Bible. Does the Bible in any way dislocate our imaginations or prove to be an affront to what we consider seemly? In a certain sense, we might say that weirdness alone redeems, because it is that which strikes us as unseemly that forces us to redeem — or reevaluate — our vision of reality, our sense of what’s appropriate. Are we willing to have our vision undone and redeemed? Are we up for the religious experience of feeling offended?
The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
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