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A Paradoxical Kind of Power

A Paradoxical Kind of Power

Journalists, scholars, and politicians have been speculating about the likelihood of a second Civil War in the United States. Our divisions have deepened over the past decade. They were on appalling display in the insurrection of January 6, 2021. We differ sharply...
Faith and Power

Faith and Power

Most people I know have been affected by addiction in one way or another. A few are still actively drinking or using. A larger number are in recovery. Almost everybody else has a story about a struggling relative, friend, neighbor, or coworker. The pathway to...
How Grace Works

How Grace Works

I’ve been thinking about power lately. About how it can heal and how it can destroy. About how it can raise people up and how it can diminish them. Grace is one sort of power. Violence is another. The late Norman Maclean’s lovely story “A River Runs Through It”...
One Stone at a Time

One Stone at a Time

When Giovanni di Bernardone was born, his Italian father was in France making a killing in the silk trade. So when Dad got back home to Assisi, he called the boy Francesco: the Frenchman. The nickname stuck. We still call Giovanni Francis of Assisi. Young Francis...