Worldview | The fact that we exist should trouble those who say there is no ultimate meaning
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 9/24/20, 12:00 am

My father gave me my first tip on writing. His own writing was limited to the jotting of room measurements for the installation of carpets and linoleum. While all he did was run a furniture store, I, at the tender age of 10, was being asked to return to school the next morning with a composition. I understand they don’t call them compositions anymore.

Sometimes I wish my editors would assign me a specific topic to talk about on this penultimate page of the magazine, but they don’t, and neither did Soeur Jeanne de Valois. Hence my terror, then and now. 

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Justice that restores

Justice | In Christ, God modeled the kind of justice that heals
by Sophia Lee
Posted 8/21/20, 03:37 pm

On a recent Saturday, I didn’t speak to my husband for a whole day. Something had happened that triggered memories from our first year of dating, fanning a dusty cloud of hurts and wounds that I had assumed were long ago swept away. But no, there they were, settled in the dark corners of my heart, and all it took was one forceful blow to blast them out into the open. 

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Guardrails on mountain passes

Religion | Folly destroys, but wisdom beckons
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 8/13/20, 02:51 pm

A memory of my mother and my childhood self in an Oriental garden in a queue of tourists instructed to take turns striking a Buddhist gong with a heavy mallet: once for wisdom, twice for beauty, or thrice for money: Mom strikes three times, and a titter runs through the crowd.

Wisdom is a joke in the prime of life: “Fools despise wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7). By the word “despise” imagine something not even rising to the level of intense hatred but a casual discounting.

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