"Our Lady of Lebanon" by Rebecca Wilson via Flickr.

Missing Communion

“God liked people who could admit to their total raw fear.”

Still from "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then."

Falling Up

The fate of an unanswered prayer in Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then.

"imperial surgical" by D'Arcy Norman, via Flickr.

Faith Healed

Surviving the unwelcome prayers of strangers.

Killing the Buddha

Shabbat and the Gospel Choir

There is exactly one day of the year when I make sure I get my ass to temple, and it’s not the day you’re thinking. Yom Kippur is too obvious and Rosh Hashanah is too mundane. But every year I go for the service commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr., the night where my synagogue acknowledges…

Kabul scarf.

The Kabul Scarf

It’s New Year’s Eve, and last night my colleague at Waging Nonviolence, Eric Stoner, returned safely from Afghanistan. He was there as a journalist and activist with an envoy of peacemakers, meeting networks of Afghans and internationals who are working to end the endless war, to which so many young people in that country have…


The Afterlife, The Aftermath

When a grandmother’s ghost says go, you go.

Mike Warnke's "Coming Home"

Wicked Funny

The pseudo-ex-Satanist Mike Warnke and me.

Topic cloud

Exhaustive Exhaustion

Jorge Luis Borges wrote of a “certain Chinese encyclopaedia” in which taxonomy had run amok. “The animals,” we are told, “are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with…

Killing the Buddha

Prayer and the Spill

What is hell on earth? It may be there in those terrifying photos of oil-soaked pelicans in the Gulf. The endless spewing from underground has a darkly surreal quality, as if it were not of this world. Lawmakers in Louisiana, helpless in stopping the spill, are now looking to the heavens. They officially declared Sunday…

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Pray Today, Or Else

Unless you’re some kind of weird, out of touch Martian (or other un-American alien), it goes without saying that you’ve been gearing up all week for today’s big National Day of Prayer. We over here at KtB have been locking ourselves in prayer closets, praying just to determine what, on this magic day, we should…

Headlines and Footnotes

Sister Corita’s Big Children

Headlines and Footnotes: A Play-Pray Book by Sister Corita, foreword by Daniel Berrigan (New York: Herder and Herder, 1967) I’d know Sister Corita’s art anywhere. Her graphic sense, handwriting, and genius use of color is unique—as is her religious sensibility. Her magnificent “play-pray” book Headlines and Footnotes remains wonderful both as a visual experience and…

Purgatory, page 1

Para Purgatorio

Stuck in the middle with you.

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Doctor Talks Sense to Faith-Healing Cardinal

“It would be a brave person that used prayer instead of conventional treatment for a curable cancer—it’s a complementary practice,” Dr Goldstein said. Goldstein added, “By brave, I mean stupid, but really, you can’t be too diplomatic these days, can you? Pray all you want, but for God’s sake, take the drugs.” @


The Rosary

Bringing it down to earth.

Killing the Buddha

A Cell in Your Liver

In response to Arthur Goldwag’s “Why I Don’t Pray,” juniper from Vancouver posed a bit of a challenge: do you really think that a cell in your liver has no relation to you, or you to it? Praying is hard to wrap the mind around.  No disagreement there.  But the incommensurate God is not necessarily…

'infinite lights' by LiveFromAmsterdam via Flickr

Why I Don’t Pray

God just might not be that kind of God.

"Experimental Rain" by アラン via Flickr

The Meaning of Rain

From Essential Stories: Angels are weeping.

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The Dude’s Prayer

I’ve been doing a lot of local radio shows around the country in support of the paperback edition of my book, The Family. This morning I was a guest on a program down south that maybe didn’t go so well. The host asked, “Do you have a website you want to us know about?” And…