The New Copernicans (David John Seel, 2018)

Books

The warning signs Some warnings are jarring and immediate. “Mayday,” for example. Most, however, are subtle and incremental, like a pan-pan warning: “Pay attention.”…

Singularity (Jon Hopkins, 2018)

Music

Music of None Spirituality Music accompanies life because life—and creation itself—generates music, and cannot stop. At the moment of creation, God told Job so…

Albrecht Dürer (Stacey Bieler, 2017)

Books

A restless craving for perfection Artists, like all of us, are partly a product of their time. Whether our posture towards the world is…

On Reading Augustine’s Confessions

Books / Faith / Spirituality

The uneasy feeling I had in anticipation of reading the Confessions was no surprise. I had read it before. It had stunned me—the beauty…

The Cross

Poetry

The Cross Streams of blood pattern like veins over sheared wood, dyeing the beams red where the rivulets ran, flowing through grooves in the…

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (Rania Abouzeid, 2018)

Books

Humanizing a brutal conflict The basic chronology is well known. In December 2010, a desperate street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in…

A Shout

Poetry

From the falling form of an intricate vase water was freed, each flowing cluster and drop a complexity of light, color and motion spilling…

Silence and Beauty (Makoto Fujimura)

Books

Quiet Wonder It is possible to get through life by skimming over the surface of reality. Most things in the world of advanced modernity…

The Porter’s Gate Work Songs (2017)

Music

We Labor Unto Glory Add up the hours spent on our job (whatever it is) and the myriad tasks (whatever they are) that must…