MY TRIP TO THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS IN ANAHEIM

ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER

Last weekend I attended the annual, huge, Religious Education Congress in Anaheim (California). I’m such an introvert that even to drive to the Anaheim Convention Center and stand outside would have been a stretch. But I gamely made my way through the crowd and marched inside to meet a dear, kind editor friend who’d arranged […]

THE PASSION PLAY CHAPLIN AND STRAVINSKY NEVER MADE…

IGOR STRAVINSKY

This anecdote by and about Charles Chaplin seems apropos for Lent. While dining at my house, Igor Stravinsky suggested we should do a film together. I invented a story. It should be surrealistic, I said–a decadent night club with tables around the dance floor, at each table, greed, at another, hypocrisy, at another, ruthlessness. The […]

A SACRAMENT OF HOPE: GUEST WRITER RACHAEL WATSON

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

“We must all be saved together! Reach God together! Appear before Him together! We must return to our Father’s house together…what would He think if we arrived without the others, without the others returning, too?” –Charles Péguy Rachel Watson, a reader from Berkshire, England, writes: “Confession is a sacrament of hope, at one and the […]

A HERMIT IN THE CITY

LA PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL

Don’t ask me why, with my hermit tendencies, I’ve chosen to live in a city of nine, or maybe it’s ten now, million.  I’m constantly looking for places to hide: secluded gardens, deserted parks. Nothing makes me happier than spotting some tiny leaf-covered niche tucked away beneath a shedding, camouflage-like tree. A bench is good, […]