Greed and worry were just part of the air I breathed in my childhood. And they’ve followed me ever since–much more difficult to shake than many of my other personality quirks.
The Rev. Sean Lanigan
The Rev. Sean Lanigan is the associate rector at St. Peter’s Church.
As people largely at arm’s length from the vicissitudes of nature—most of us being city dwellers—how are we to think about and talk about a relationship with the land? About the value of land, the meaning of land, the purpose of land? We tend to think more about real estate, about property, about architecture, than we do about the land itself. And this, of course, is a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of humanity.
What do you think about when you think about gun violence? What kinds of scenarios, settings, and contexts come immediately to mind? Active shooter alerts? Schools on lockdown? Mass shootings in public places? Heated debates and political stalemates about gun control laws? Gun violence is on all of our minds these days. We’re wondering, worrying …
Imagine with me. Imagine that you are looking at preschools for your child, visiting a few places to see which might be a good fit. These days, it seems as if every school has a motto, a slogan…some sort of a vision statement. Some attempt to set itself apart. And often, these slogans are visible …
I’ve been wondering this week about the difficulty some of us have with entering the emotional world of Good Friday. And I’ve been wondering if one reason we struggle is because Jesus’ death just isn’t all that shocking to us. His death, it seems, has lost whatever ability it might have once had to appall us.