Editors’ note: This post was originally part of Theological Shark Week V: Holy Hell?! Daily Theology Explores the Afterlife in October 2013. As a child, I was fascinated by one part of the Apostles’ Creed: […]
Living as Mercy in Anticipation of Christ’s Return
A professor once defined mercy as “the willingness to enter into the chaos of another.” This definition struck me as rather profound as my basic understanding of mercy had focused on concepts like kindness and […]
Vulnerable Mercy: Sharing the Mind of Christ
At times I’ve wondered what it would have been like to be on the receiving end of one of Paul’s epistles. I imagine a variety of responses: the flurry of excitement and anticipation over what […]
Believing and Acting with Mercy in 1 John
At first glance, the search for mercy in the Johannine letters ends quickly. Of the three letters attributed (almost certainly inaccurately) to the apostle John, the second refers to mercy in its opening salutation of […]
“How Can We Keep From Singing?”: Mercy and the Book of Psalms
There is no human practice or ritual more universal than making music. Before children start talking, they are singing—babbling, humming, tapping and banging on tables, dancing. We are music makers as much as we are […]
Theological Grudge Match: The God of Mercy vs. The Book of Job
One of the most significant moments of my undergraduate studies came reading Dante’s Purgatorio with philosophy professor Francis Ambrosio. Beginning canto IX, we found Dante asleep as a star-lit night falls on Mount Purgatory. St. […]
Creation: A Merciful Conspiracy
The Book of Genesis opens with the story of creation told in two different ways. The first, Genesis 1 – 2: 3, tends to be better known, and it quickly works into a nice pattern: […]
Was Jesus Tortured?
This year, on the First Wednesday of Advent (Dec 3), the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence published a report on the CIA’s interrogation tactics between late 2001 and early 2009, when President Obama took office and banned “enhanced interrogation […]
How Should Francis Love My City?
By Bridget O’Brien
As a native daughter of Philadelphia, I’ve been following news of Francis’s planned trip there since it was more an assumption than a fact. That probably seems reasonable—it’s not every day the pontiff visits your hometown—but if I’m honest, it’s not Francis-mania that makes me scroll through pages of coverage. I’m excited about the pope . . . but the level of energy I’ve invested in following rumors of Francis’s impending visit to Philadelphia is not significantly lower than the energy I invest in rumors of friends’ spouses’ cousins’ visiting Philadelphia.
Philadelphians are obsessed with Philly.
Memory Eternal on the Nineveh Plain
By Chris Hadley, S.J. “Nineveh is destroyed! Who can pity her? Where can one find any to console her?” (Nahum 3:7). “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and […]
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