Category Theology / Faith

Prayer as Movement

When I lived in Israel, my favourite “holy site” – by far – was the Garden of Gethsemane. Christian tradition holds Gethsemane as the place where Jesus heaved in gruelling prayer (even sweating drops of blood, according to the gospel of Luke) prior to being betrayed and arrested. Suitably, the episode is often described as “the Agony.” […]

Silence: Love Suffers Long in Scorcese’s Latest

Warning: Contains Spoilers. Moments before Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) apostatizes (that is, abandons the faith), he sees five bodies mummified in burlap, hanging upside down in pits. Their necks have been nicked, slightly, to prevent blood from amassing in their heads in favour of it dripping into the pits. They are alive, groaning into the night […]

The Humility of God (Part Two)

Read Part One Here Around 1764, Catherine the Great acquired a collection of paintings – including several Rembrandt’s – that would subsequently hang in galleries connecting various pavilions of the Winter Palace and Imperial Hermitage. I don’t believe The Return of the Prodigal Son was one of these initial acquisitions, but it makes sense that […]

The Humility of God (Part One)

This summer, my parents invited Jennifer and me (for a two year wedding anniversary gift!) on an eleven-day Scandinavian cruise. You read that right. The itinerary included stops in Norway, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark, as well as two days in St. Petersburg, Russia. There was so much beauty to imbibe, from the vastness […]

The Heart of Home

*This amazing, long picture is by a talented good friend named JP* On the 14th of August, at around 11pm, I moved out of my home of two years in Israel.  I spent the preceding weeks sorting through clothes, cleaning floors and surfaces, trying (with what can only be called “limited success”) to sell various […]