Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016
Oct27

Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016

  October 27th, 2016   We’ve been reading of late, on a whim, the British fiction author, P.D. James’, The Children of Men. (You may have seen the film adaptation from several years ago.) The novel is what literary folk like to call dystopian. It imagines a world in which the ability to procreate has mysteriously vanished. No children exist–only the last generation to be born, now somewhere in its early...

Read More
Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016
Jun09

Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016

    June 9th, 2016 Before last night LeBron found himself in a quandary. He and his Cleveland Cavaliers had lost two straight to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. This despite having practically coasted through these playoffs, losing only two games in the last 12. But this is sport. Your past may be prologue but it’s no portent of your present. And one has no business playing unless one is both desirous...

Read More
Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016
Jun02

Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016

    June 2nd, 2016 We are beings who inhabit patterns. We literally live within a set of daily routines we’ve come to adopt over time–some we’re aware of and others we’re almost insensible to. This doesn’t set us apart. My cat awakes with a utterance understood only by her, eats until she’s full, proceeds with the obligatory post-prandial washing up, powders her feline nose, and takes a...

Read More
Pastoral Backstory – March 17th, 2016
Mar17

Pastoral Backstory – March 17th, 2016

    March 17th, 2016 We’re out this week, but we’ll be here for Palm Sunday. Meanwhile we left you this essay from a doctoral student in philosophy named Luís Pinto de Sá. We’ve attended to the vices that centuries of reflection have landed on as those most prevalent and deleterious to the soul. But de Sá argues there may be another vice this modern world most tempts us with. It’s an ancient notion...

Read More