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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa: Incarnate Theologian of Advent's Longing

Mother Teresa: Incarnate Theologian of Advent's Longing

I discovered a woman far more complicated than the mythos that generally surrounds her and abstracts bits of her life into sermonic quips and sentimental memes. I encountered a “saint of darkness,” indeed: not only one who willingly struck out into the unknown…

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Mother Teresa: Mercenary Missionary?

Mother Teresa: Mercenary Missionary?

Was Mother Teresa’s remarkable care for the physically destitute rooted in “mercenary” missionary intent? Should we be handing out Nobel Peace Prizes to folks who combat poverty and distress ultimately for the sake of making religious converts—who, in fact, teach those converts to embrace their suffering for the glory of God?

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Mother Teresa: Saint of Darkness?

Mother Teresa: Saint of Darkness?

Mother Teresa's self-portrait as a “saint of darkness” functions on several fronts: in her mission to the world’s places of darkest suffering; in her own spiritual darkness, which she bore for many years; and in the ways that she came to see her mission and her own “darkness” as intertwined...

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Carpentry, Christianity, and Tradition

The adventurous keepers of this blog, perhaps in a moment of either confusion or provocation, asked me “to share about why tradition matters.” I have a problem with brevity, especially when asked about anything relatable to the ten year long mental renaissance I’ve experienced in the most dangerous city in the U.S. Hence I don’t write shortly, like in blog posts. But, also having a problem with accepting provocations, I kindly write to you, people on the internet…

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