Lenten Voices: Psalm 51

The first day of the Lenten journey involves some healthy introspection. Psalm 51 (50 in some translations) is a penitent prayer that is bold in its confidence and trust in the One petitioned. The Orthodox tradition through the centuries has been a thorough exemplar of this combination of strong trust and humility. Listen and prayContinue reading “Lenten Voices: Psalm 51”

Mercy from the inner womb

Healthy are they who from the inner womb birth forth compassion, they shall feel its warm arms embracing them. (Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy) Mercy is often depicted as the grudging letting go of rightful retribution or discipline for a wrong, along the lines of “OK, I’ll let you off thisContinue reading “Mercy from the inner womb”

Where justice begins…

Wake up, you who long deeply for a world of right relationships, you shall be encircled by the birth of a new society. (Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied) “Righteousness” is a loaded word. I look back to the evangelical influences of my youth and remember theContinue reading “Where justice begins…”